[John Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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[4]After going back about ten miles we discovered a good anchorage in 15 fathom water in the ice of a great bluff of lava about 2000 ft high & here we ride in comfort while the blast drives past overhead. If we do not get off tomorrow I will go ashore & see what I can learn. Have learned already since the snow ceased falling that all the region hereabouts has been glaciated just like that 1000 miles to the Eastward. All the sculpture shows this clearly. How pleasant it seems to be able to walk once more without holding on & to heave your plate lie still on the table. It is clearing up. The mountains are seen in groups rising back of one another All pure white The sailors are catching codfish.[in margin: in circle 11][1][1881] Monday May 16, 4.P.M.Dear Louie, Since writing this forenoon we reached the mouth of the Strait that seperates Oonalaska Island from the next to the Eastward against a strong headwind & through rough snow squalls, when the Captain told me that he thought he would not venture through the Strait today because the swift flood tide setting through the Strait against the wind was surely raising a dangerously rough sea but rather leek an anchorage somewhere in the lee of the bluffs, & wait the fall of the wind. As he approached the mouth of the Strait however he changed his mind & determined to try it. When the vessel began to pitch heavily & the hatches & skylights were [in margin: there are two waterfalls opposite our harbor Goodnight to all & oh if I could touch my baby & [illegible]]



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1881 May 16


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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