John Muir


Mrs. [L.] Strentzel


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I arrived in the city the day before yesterday from the headwaters of the north & middle forks of the American River. Camped in the snow & had a fine refreshing time, also found some new facts. The snow is still from three to ten feet deep, down to 7,000 feet. I am thousands of Will’ Spruces just beginning to rise from their long [illegible] sleep. Most of the forest birds are building their nests. A few are already rich in younglings. I am a board of Grouse about a day old – wee soft tufts of down. The waterfalls are booming – the [illegible] firs are just putting out their new leaves, all the evergreens look well, & give promise of a bountiful crop of burrs. Found three new plants & a woodpecker. Tell Louise that I put a better tail on that Silm fir manuscript. Also rewrote the Will Spruce. Farewell. John Muir[in margin: 00798]


1419 Taylor St. San Fran[cisco, Calif]

Date Original

1878 Jun 20


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0842

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