John Muir


[James Davie] Butler


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[2]I read your [Sandwitch?] island wanderings" & [illegible] teach- ers with a great deal of pleasure Henrys letter I have read over & over & am delighted to observe so great & as beautiful an increase in his [mental?] stature - The whole letter has from end to end the unmistakable ring of Butler metal & I am sure that he will exaclly fill your place. I am very glad to see that his physical strength is so great I wish he could accomp any me in my rock excursions I had a letter from Mrs [Moores?] in which she mentioned your short visit to them Visitors to the valley are coming earlier this spring than usual There is about fifty here at present. Mr Hutchings has not yet returned from Washington[3]& now I shall be here all summer Perhaps I may take a ramble of a few weeks among the summits south of Mono lake I have enjoyed exceedingly my stay here this winter - The power & the beauty & the wondrous works of the sky which the Lord laid over this mountain [illegible] are far be- yound description. A great many of our winter days were full of the most tangable wide open of natural phenomena which were intensely interesting. Climates in these mountains are piled upon each other they are stratified Spring came to us with the most joyous & impressive of sights & sounds & moved slowly up the rocks to the higher climates like a shadow. Spring is just opening upon the rim of the Valley. - here at the bottom the oaks are in full leaf & have young shoots long enough to


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

[1870] May 15


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Reel 02, Image 0265

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