Ruthven Deane


John Muir


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[stamped: Bidwell Papers Bancroft Library] 1419 Taylor St S. F. March 28th 78 Dear Mrs Bidwell. I have just returned from a weeks weathering at Lake Tahoe, where I have had a fine reviving roll in the snow, & swim in the crystal water; besides a good deal of fresh lusty exercise on snowshoes on the mountain slopes to the west of the lake, & between Tahoe City & [ Trucker?] The winter beauty of the woods & mountains is fairly enchanting, & it was seen under all kinds of light, from the full white glow of clear noon day sunshine to the gray darkness of cordial snow storms. The whole was del[illegible]sly exhilarating & I came back to this dull pen life fairly awakened & sane. As I was passing the junction on the return I looked north & chicoward, terribly tempted to switch off for a week or so, but my conscience would not allow me; because I have so much of this never-ending pen work piling up against me, & summer is drawing nigh, when I must take the field again. However I shall hope to make a wee visit sometime before the orchards are out of bloom, or at any rate before all the fossils are gleaned out of the chico rocks. Two weeks ago Prof Gunning & Mr Hinton one of the editors of the S.F. Post paid me a cozy visit. I have never sought the Profs acquaintance


Cambridge, Mass

Date Original

1878 Mar 24


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0750

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