John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]& found Prof Butler near the bridge between the Vernal & Nevada falls. He was in company with Gen Alvord He was in the Valley only a few hours his time being controlled by the Generals military clock & I am pretty sure that he saw just about nothing I am glad that the world does not miss me & that all of my days with the Lord & his works are uncounted & unmeasured. I found the guide who was with you, he said that you wished me together some cones for you I hope to see you soon in San Fran' & will fetch you specimens of those which grow higher than you have been I was sorry that you were so short of time in the valley but you will go again & remain a month or two I would like to spend a winter there to see the storms We spent most of the summer on the South fork of the Tuolumne near Castle & Cathedral peaks, & ah, how unspeakable the glories of these higher Mts You have not yet caught a [3]glimpse of the Sierra Nevadas, you must go to Mono by the Bloody Canon pass, I will not try to write the grand- eur I have seen all summer but I will copy you the notes of one day from my journal. "Aug' 2d, Amount of Cloudiness .08- sky red evening & morning. Not usual crimson glow but separate clouds colored & anchored in dense massive mountain forms, one red bluffy cap is placed upon Castle peak & its companion to the South, but the smooth cone tower of the Castle is seen peering out over the top. Tiger peak has a cloud cap also of the grandest proportions & colors, & the extensive field of clustered towers & peaks & domes where is stored the treasures of snow belong- ing to the Merced & Tuolumne & Joaquin are embosomed in bossy clouds of white & the grand Sierra Cathedral is overshadowed like Sinai never before beheld such divine mingling of cloud & mountain Had delightful walk upon the north wall ascended by a deep narrow passage cut in the granite its borders are splendidly decorated with ferns & blooming shrubs. The most delicate of plant


Two miles below La Grange

Date Original

1869 Oct 3


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 36 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0149

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