John Muir


Georgie [Galloway]


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[1869] New Years night two miles North of [Lonellings?] -------Dear Georgie I have near for- gotten your little dog Dash. I have two dogs, I call one of them [Faine?] & the other [Compie?] because he is my companion. I am living all alone now away out in the wide Joaquin plains in a little board shanty. It is not a pretty shanty, it looks worse than a [Hotentots?] but – I am a shepherd now. I wish you were with me to help me to take care of the sheep – I have 1800 to watch, & sometimes they run & scatter over bank & brae, far & wide, & it is all that I & my two dogs can do to make them behave -


…two miles north of Snellings, Calif.

Date Original

[1869 Jan 1]


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0019

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