[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[1] Sissons Station Dec’ 21st 1874Dear Mrs Carr. I have just returned from a fourth Shasta excursion & find yours of 17th. I wish you could have been with me in Shastas shoulder last eve in the sunglow. I was over on the head waters of the McCloud & what a head! Think of a spring giving rise to a river I fairly quiver with joyous exultation when I think of it. The infinity of Natures glory in rock cloud & water. As soon as I beheld the McCloud upon its lower course I knew their must be something extraordinary in its alpine fountains & I shouted [2]O where my glorious river do you come from? Think of a Spring 50 yards wide at the mouth iss[illegible] from the base of a lava bluff with wild songs. Not gloomily from a dark cavey mouth but from a world of ferns & mosses gold & green I broke my way through chaparral & all kinds of river bank tangle in eager vigor utterly un[illegible]able The dark blue stream sang solemnly with a deep voice pooling & bowlder dashing & [underlined: a-h-a-a-aing] in white flashing rapids when suddenly I heard water notes I never had heard before. They came from that mysterious spring & then the Elk forest & the Alpine Glow & the sunset, poor pen, cannot tell if[in margin: #96]


Sissons Station, [Calif]

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1874 Dec 21


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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