[John Muir]


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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[1] Yosemite Valley Nov 2d 1875Dear Sister Sarah, Here is your letter with the Dalles in it I’m glad you have escaped so long from the c[illegible] & sewing & baking to Gods green wild Dalles & dells for I know you were young again & that the natural love of beauty you possess had free fair play I will never forget the big happy day I spent there in the rocky gargy Wisconsin above Kilbourn City What lanes full of purple orchids & ferns. Aspedium fragraus I found these for the first time. & what hillsides of huckleberries & rare asters & golden rods Dont you wish you were wild like me & as free to satisfy [2]your love for whatsoever is pure & beautiful. I returned last night from a two & a half months excursion through the grandest portion of the Sierra Nevada forests You remember reading of the big trees of Cal[illegible]eras county discovered fifteen or twenty years ago, well I have been studying the Specied Sequoia Legantea) & have been all this time wandering amid those giants They extend in a broken in= =terrupted belt along the western flank of the range a distance of 180 miles, But I will not attempt to describe them here. I have written about them & will send you printed descriptions — I often feel alarmed about Joannas health. from what


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1875 Nov 2


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0335

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