John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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[Original letter in mounted set of letters to Mrs. Carr, # 57].To mrs.Ezra S.CarrNew Sentinel Hotel, Yo Semite Valley. April 23d, 1872.Dear Mrs. Carr:Yours of Apr. 9th and 15th. containing Ned's canoe and colonization adventures came tonight. I feel that you are coming, and I will not hear any words of preparatory consolation for the unsupposeable case of your non appearance.Come by way of Clark's, and spend a whole day or two in the Sequoias. Thence to Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. Prom thence swoop to our meadows and groves direct by a trail now in course of construction which will be completed by the time the snow melts. This new trail will be the best in scenery and safety of five which enter the Valley. It leads from Glacier Point down the face of the mountain by an easy grade to a point back of Leidig's hotel, and has over half a dozen Inspiration Points.I hear that Mr. Paregoy intends building a hotel at Glacier Point.If he does you should halt "tfiere for the night after leaving Clark's. If not. then stop at the present "Paregoy's'" five or six miles south of the Valley (built since your visit?) at the_Westfall Meadows.You might easily ride from Clark's to the Valley in a day, but a day among the silver firs and another about the glories of the Valley rim and settings is a "sma request."The snow is deep this year, and the regular Mariposa trail leading to Glacier Point, etc., will not be open before June. The Mariposa travel of May and perhaps a week or so of June, will enter the Valley from Clark's by a sort of sneaking trail along the river cañon below the snow, but you must not come that way.You may also enter the Valley via Little Yosemite and Nevada and Vernal Falls, by a trail constructed last season. Also by Indian Canon on the North side of the Valley by a trail now nearly completed.This last is a noble entrance, but perhaps not equal to the first. Whatever way you come we will travel all these, up or down, and bear in mind that you must go among: the summits in July or August. Bring no friends that will not go to these fountains beyond, or are uncastoffable.Calm thinkers like your Doctor, who first fed me with science, and LeConte are the kind of souls fit for the formation of human clouds adapted to this mountain sky. Nevertheless, I will rejoice beyond measure though you come as a comet tailed with a whole misty town.Ned is a brave fellow. God bless him unspeakably, and feed him with his own South American self. I shall be most happy to know your Daggetts or anything that you call dear.I have not seen any of my Tribune letters, though I have written five or six. Send copy if you can. Goodnight, and love to all,J.M.


New Sentinel Hotel Yo Semite Valley

Date Original

1872 Apr 23


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0785

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