[John Muir]


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]owes me money & that I have a lot of loose notes & outline sketches to work up I should set out for S. America at once As it is I shall very likely remain where I am for a few months & return to the mountains in the Spring. I wish in particular to trace some of the upper Yosemite streams farther & more carefully than I have yet done & I shall dip yet once more into the fathomless grandeur of the valley - - - I am in comfortable quarters at present within sight & hearing of the Tuolumne, on a smooth level once the bottom of a shallow lake like expansion of the river where it leaves the states Evening purple on the Mtns seen through an ample gap up the Tuolumne is of t[illegible] beauty. the purest & best, The sheet gold of[3]the plain compositves will soon be lighted in the sun days of spring, deepening & glowing yet brighter as it spreads away over the sphere & fluted [illegible]of this old ocean bed - You must not fail to see the April gold of the Joaquin - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - I send here with a letter to Mrs Yelverton in your care as you will be likely to know where she is. I have just read a letter which she left for me at Snelling giving an account of her fearful perils in the snow. It seems strange to me that I should not have known & felt her anguish in that terrible night, even at this distance. She told me that I ought to wait & guide her out, & I feel a kind of guiltiness in not doing so Since writing the above, Yours


Near La Grange Cala

Date Original

[1870] Dec 22


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0357

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Page 2


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