[John Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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01011 [2]from the shore I was delighted to discover clear traces of glaciation upon a beautiful group of mtns near where we are at present. We first anchored at the NW end of St Laurence Island & traded with the natives of whom I have a thousand things to tell you, Then we pushed on North through Behring Strait calling at the two Diomedes on the way & buying some 20 dogs to draw the sleds for the land party to be sent out. Also at a little settlement at Marcus Bay not far from here where we got an interpreter at St Laurence Bay & six dogs. We found the strait free of ice on the W. side & entering the polar ocean pushed W. along the Siberian Coast about 150 miles W of Cape Serdze where we were stopped by the pack & compelled to turn back. Shortly after midnight we got into the edge of the closing pack, & in breaking out of it were so unfortunate as to lose our01011 [4]We reached here at midnight on the 11th & our rudder is already stronger than before it was broken. We are now taking on Coal, & intend to leave on the 16th perhaps for St Michael. then pursue nearly as circumstances will admit, the course I have already given you. I have had an extremely interesting & profitable trip thus far & am growing fat & strong [space?]. I am moreover extremely comfortable, & [well?] used everyway though I long to see my child & thee The months will soon speed bye however & then how glad I will be when homeward bound & when every minute brings me nearer to you. I found traces of both local & general glaciation all along the coast as far as I have been & also on the islands. You remember that I told you long ago how eager I was to get upon those islands in the middle of the Behring Sea & Strait to read the ice record there, well I have already seen some of them & the grand truth is plain that a vast gl swept down th[illegible] the Strait & sea & no doubt excavates their basins created them. Before the gl. period the continents [in margin: of Asia & America were one - Goodnight love It is midnight & I have written 18 pages today. [illegible] have no night now] [in margin: in circle 16]


Plover Bay, Siberia

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1881 Jun 14


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0612

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