John Muir


[Strentzel Family]


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[1] On board the Zephyr between Steilicoom & Olympia June 25th 1879. ———— I wish I could tell you how beautiful our sail has been ever since we entered the Straits of F[illegible] The shores are de[illegible]ly timbered with the most lovely comfers & Arbutus (Madrono) down to the waters edge & the jutting headlands & long promout[illegible] islets, islands; bays sound inlets & rivers are so varied & so marvelously composed that the whole is one extr[illegible]tly lovely fairy land. And then even from the steamer the glacial handwriting is so clear & telling & on so grand a scale that I have been nervous & excited beyond all control. I’m sorry I have to do so soon, for the details of this grand poem of God can never be read by me. We landed at Esquimalt 3 ms from Victoria & down to town along a well built road which mazes around & past unumerable big up swelling [rocky mountains?] fresh & telling scarce at all changed by post glacial erosion, & on every bed of sail between the rocks the most luxuriant & densest growth of Comfers I ever saw. How fresh & sweet & hopeful they are – they bounded the road[in margin: Alaska] [in margin: 00855]


On board the Zephyr between Steilicoom & Olympia

Date Original

1879 Jun 25


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 1088

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