John Muir


[Strentzel Family]


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1. [in margin: 673] 00827 920 Valencia St. San Francisco, Jan 28th 1879.Dear friends, The vast soul stirring work of flitting is at length done, & well done. Myself, wooden clock, & notebook, are once more planted for the winter out here on the outermost ragged edge of this howling metropolis of dwelling [illegible]. And now, Well what now? Nothing but work, book making, brick making the transformation of raw bush sugar & mountain meal into magazine cookies & snaps. And though the spectacled critics who Ken everything in wise ignorance say “well done sir well done” I always feel that there is something not quite honorable in thus dealing with God’s wild gold – the sugar & meal I mean.


920 Valencia St. San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1879 Jan 28


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0978

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