John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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smooth waters of civilized life have attractions for me whose power is increased by time & constant rambling but I am a captive I am bound, love of pure unblemished Nature seems to over- master & blur out of sight all other objects & considerations. I know that I could under ordinary circumstances accumulate wealth & obtain a fair position in society & I am arrived at an age that requires that I should choose some definite course for life But I am sure that the mind of no truant school boy is more free & disengaged from all the grave plans & purposes & pursuits of ordinary orthodox life than mine - But I wonder what spirit is conjuring up such sober affairs at this time I only meant to say a word by way of family greeting & tomorrow I will be among the sublimities of Yo Semite & forget that ever a thought of civilization or time-honored proprieties came among my pathless lawless thoughts & wanderings Darkness is coming on Good night Remember me to the small people & to Muirs in general throughtout all their tribes & families J M 00477


…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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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0123

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Page 2


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