John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C. ] Carr


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[2]the book of glaciers gradually dim as we go lower on the range, yet I fully believe that future invest- igation will show that in the erlier ages of Sierra Nevada ice vast glaciers flowed to the foot of the range E of Yosemite & also N & S at an elevation of 9000 ft the glacier basins are almost unchanged. & I believe that ice was the agent by wh all of the present rocks received their special forms.-more of this some other day - would that I could have you here or in any wild place where I can think & speak, would you not be thourough by iced?, You would not find in me one unglacial thought Come & I will tell you how El Capitan & Tissiack were fashioned, I will most likely live at Blacks hotel this winter in charge of the premises [3]& before next spring I will have an independent Cabin built. with a special Carr Corner. Where you & the Doctor can come & stay all summer, Also I will have a tent so that we can camp & receive night blessings where er chose, & then I will have hours enough so that we can go to the upper temples also, I wish you could see lake Tenaya. It is one of the most perfectly & richly spiritual places in the [illegible] & I would like to preempt there somehow I should feel like leaving home in going to Hetch Hetchy besides there is room their for many other claims & soon will fill with coarse homesteads, but as the winter is so severe at Lake Tenaya very few will care to live there. Hetch Hetchy is about four thousand feet above sea which L Tenaya is eight, I have been living in these mountains in so haunting hoa'ring floating a way, that it seems [6]the valley made a close dark[illegible]ing Then came rain unsteady at first - now a heavy gush, then a sprinkling halt, as if the clouds so long out of practice had forgotten something, but after a half hour of experimental pouring & sprinkling there came an earnest steady well controlled rain On the mountain the rain soon turned to snow & some half melted flakes reached the bottom of the valley. This morning Star King & Tessiack & all the upper Valley rim is white, Did I tell you in my last that I had settled up with Hutchings He used me very shabbily trying to keep back part of my wages If I am about the valley hotels at all next summer I shall stop at Blacks - - Ever devoutly your friend John Muir 00453



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1871 Sep or Oct


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.

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