[John Muir]


Louie [Muir]


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3stranger dressed in shabby black He has a kind of unnerved drooping look his shoulders coming together & his toes & his knees & the two ends of his vertebral column, something like a withering leaf in hot sunshine. Poor fellow he looks at our ship as if he wanted to go again to the mines to try his luck. And here comes two Indian women & a little girl trotting after them, They seem as if they were coming aboard, but turn aside at the edge of the wharf & descend rickety stairs to their canoe tied to a pile beneath the wharf. Now they reappear with change of [illegible] & the little girl is carrying a bundle something to [eat?] or sell or sit on. Yonder comes a typical John Bull Grand in size & style Carmen in countenance, abdominous & showing a fine tight curve from chin to knee when seen in profile yet benovelent withal 00941[1]On board the California 10 A.M. Aug 4th 1880.Dear Louie we are still lying alongside the wharf at Victoria. it seems a leak was discovered in one of the water tanks that had to be mended & the result was that we could not get off on the 7 o’clock tide last night. Victoria seems a dry dignified half idle town supported in great part by government fees. Every erect or more than erect back [leaning?] man has an office & carries himself with that peculiar aplomb that all the Hail B[illegible] people are so noted for. The wharf & harbor stir is very mild. The steamer Princess Louise lies alongside ours getting ready for the trip to New Westminister on Fraser River. The Hudsons’ Bay’ Company’s steamer [Otter?], a queer old tubby craft left for the N. last night. A few sloops plungers & boats are crawling about the harbor or lying at anchor doing or dreaming a business nobody knows Yonder comes an Indian Canoe with its one unique sail calling up memories [illegible]


On board the California

Date Original

1880 Aug 4


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0271

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