Sarah [Muir Galloway]
[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…
1869 Aug 1
Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 19.5 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0121
The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html
University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.
John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle