John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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[in margin: I climbed to the high summits the other day among great sloping banks of perpetual snow. The Sierra in this vicinity reaches its highest altitudes. When we move to Big Meadows I will be able from some of the peaks to look over into Nevada. [illegible] a fine view of Mono Lake. We sleep under the open sky upon spruce branches] At Camp in Spruce Grove near upper end of Yo Semite two miles from the north wall, Aug' 1st 69 -Dear Sister Sarah Just think of the blessedness of my lot - have been camped here right in the midst of Yo Semite rocks & waters for fifteen days, with nearly all of everyday to myself to climb, sketch, write, meditate, & botanize. My foot has pressed no floor but that of the mountains for many a day I am far from the ways & pursuits of man I seldom even hear the bleating of our 2500 sheep - the manifold overwhelming sublimities of the Sierra is all in all. I am with Nature in the grandest most divine of all her earthly dwellings places I had a letter from Prof Butler of Madison last month saying that he was about to start for California by railroad in Company with his son Henry & a man of war by the name & title of General Alvord & requesting are to join the company in visiting Yo Sem' - The Big Trees etc. I may be able to meet him in the Valley & I mean to go down into the Valley tomorrow & seize this opportunity of sending you a line We mean to move our sheep in a few days twelve miles higher among the summits on the South fork of the Tuolumne We will likely reach the plains & the open world again about Oct 1st A few months will Call upon me to decide to what portion of Gods glorious star I will next turn. The sweets of home - the


…upper end of Yosemite two miles from…north…

Date Original

1869 Aug 1


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 19.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0121

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