John Muir


Mrs. [James Davie] Butler


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two long cold years of isolation, a fri[end?] was really near in the flesh & that my ey[es?] would be blessed that very day with lig[ht?] from a familiar face, & I started from the house in pursuit. I soon found Gen' Al[vord?] & one of the guides who informed me that Pr[of'?] Butler & [illegible] P Jones had started for the top mount Broderick. I waylaid him at a [illegible] in the trail where he had to pass, near the Nevada rapids. I asked anxiously for Henry but was told that he was not in [the?] valley. Towards evening he came to light am[id?] the rocks half [wet?] groping his way among broken granite & bushes, sleeves rolled up res[illegible] open-hat dangling behind his back etc, on see[ing?] me approach he sat down to wipe the per[prer?] ation from his brow & neck, & enquired the way down the rapids. I showed him the pa[illegible] which was marked with little piles of rock but he did not recognize me. When I [was?] directly in front of him & asked him if he did not know me. He said he thought not but soon changed his mind. He was weary with his day of hard climbing but was very cheerful nevertheless, & on the way to [the?] hotel gleaned delightful handfuls [for?] me from the Poets, & remarked upon the surpassing glories of Yo Semite I was sorry to learn that he [was?] going to leave the Valley in the morning in scandalous haste urged by that man y[illegible] was who is governed like a machine by [military?] c[illegible]. [When he left


Headwaters of the Tuolumne near Castlepeak

Date Original

1869 Aug


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Reel 02, Image 0129

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