John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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[2]snow mountains back of them but mostly hidden beneath a snow storm. After breakfast we were within 2 miles of the shore. huge snow peaks grandly ice-sculptured loomed far into the stormy sky for a few moments in tolerably clear relief, then the on rush of snow flakes sweeping out into the dark levels of the sea would hide it all, & fill our eyes while we puckered our brows & tried to gaze into the face of it all. We have to proceed in the dimness & confusion of the storm with great caution stopping frequently to take soundings, so it will[3]probably be 1 o’clock or so P.M. before we reach the harbor of Oonalaska on the other side of the island. I tried an hour ago to make a sketch of the mtns along the shore for you, to be sent with this letter but my fingers got too cold to hold the pencil & the snow filled my eyes, & so dimmed the outlines of the rocks that I could not race them. Down here in the cabin it is warm & summerish & when the Captain & the Doctor are on deck I have it all to myself. The oranges & the almonds & the wine that that the Doctor so kindly sent are rapidly


2 miles from shore [Alaska]

Date Original

[1881] May 16


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0546

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Page 2


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