John Muir


[John] Strentzel


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[2]returning from the post office handed me your richly laden grape box & now the grapes are out & the burrs are in. Now this was a coincidence worth noting, was it not? better than most peoples special pro[illegible]ces. The fruit was in perfect condition every individual speroid of them all fresh & bright & as tightly bent as drums with there stored up sun-juices The big bunch is hung up for the benefit of eyes most of the others have already vanished causing as they fled a series of the finest sensuous [illegible] imaginable. The weather is now much cooler. The nights almost bracingly cold & all goes well. Not a thirst trace left We were weather bound a week in a canon of the Golden Gate Range not by storms but by soft balmy hazy Indian summer in which the mountain aspens ripened to flaming yellow. While the sky was too opaque for observations upon the distant peaks Since leaving Hamilton have obtained more glacial facts of great interest. Very telling in the history of the Great Basin. Also many charming additions to the thousand thousand pictures of Natures mountain beauty. I understand perfectly your criticism on the blind pursuit of every scientific peeble wasting a life in microscopic examinations of every grain of wheat in a field, but I am not so doing. The history of this vast wonderland is scarce at all known & no amount of study in other fields will develop it to the light. As to that special thirst affair I was in no way responsible I was fully awake to the danger but I was not in a position to prevent it. Our work goes on hopefully towards a satisfactory [ termination?] Will soon be in Utah. All the mountains yet to be climbed have been seen from other summits – save two on the Wasatch viz Mt Nebo & a peak back of Beaver. Our next object will be Wheelers peak 40 miles east of here. 00816


Ward, Nevada

Date Original

1878 Sep 28


Original letter dimensions: 31 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0924

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