Dan[iel Muir Jr.]
a very poor stick. But in speaking to a medical man I ought to be more particular & so I will quote direct from my diary "July2d, - [Tea?] & mutton! - to this little measure has shrunk all the timber of our staff of life. Crystal streams sing in all the mazes of these cool mountains & so our" water is [sure?]" but our bread I fear will not be given us for many a day. The tea we drink is very strong & makes us dizzy like whiskey & when poured in quarts & pints upon solid pounds of unmixed masticated mutton it causes a series of loud premonitory rumblings like those that preceded the great earthquake last year at San Francisco. The tea, Doctor, trys to go down among the mutton & the mutton tries to come up among the tea but if both are kept in place until one mountain is climbed all is safe "5th" Tea & mutton becoming [more?] & more combative & so we have been compelled to vary our diet to mutton & molasses candy - There seems to be a bread sheep in that grand centre of man the stomach which no other food of a civilized kind can s[illegible]py" "6th Feel weak, sick[illegible], & sour" - There is a cluster of conic splintered granite peak near the summit opposite "castle peak" & "Mount [illegible]" where the highest sources of the Tuolumne Merced & Joaquin rivers are small sparkling singing streams, One of these peaks is exactly like an old Cathedral & is called "cathedral peak". I rolled a loaf of bread in an pair of blankets & started to explore these mts'. I reached the top most spires of the grand old church about noon of the first day & sat down to rest & to eat & now Doctor here is a strange thing, I was seated on the brink of a [illegible] about 7000 ft in depth, & in eating when ever I looked up I was hungry, but hen I looked down I was full my stomach consented to take block after block of the bread which perisheth. While I kept looking at the sky like an old ashologer but the moment I looked down I felt that I was not "fit for the calf" I have had charge of 2500 sheep, & have enjoyed a most glorious piece of life among mountain flowers, mountain grandeur, [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] & grizzly bears. Bears as [illegible] [illegible] killed a good many of our sheep I have been engaged with botany geology & drawing. Have about 50 sketches, I mean to leave Cal in 3 months for some other portion of the Lords lovely creation, perhaps South America. [in margin: Please send your half & the other half & give her my kindest wishes. My adress is Hopeton Mercer Co as before. I have a thousand things to tell you when we meet]
Tuolumne River--Two miles below La Grange
[1869?] Sep 24
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Reel 02, Image 0137
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