huge hearts went beating through the storm bucketfuls of warm blood rushing through their veins at every beat, hundreds of p[illegible] too racing & gamboling pitching themselves out of the waves in company like rollicking boys at play. forming a most startling & impressive picture of life in the cold barren looking sea-prairie. But now we are just approaching Olympia & I must haste to the end of my sheet The Captain was good to me & many others I met I forget to say that the wave tops torn by the gale [illegible] spray & sand were beautifully [illegible]. The waters of the [ Strait of Juca?] are black As for that cold I had it vanished the first day of the gale – blown out like a candle. We left the Dakota at Seattle. We may return to Seattle tomorrow, thence where? The world is all before me. I hope to be able to overcome the Sas[illegible] but I feel it yet. Sent you a line from Victoria. Their goes the whistle to the Wharf. Now the engineers bell sounds we slow up – [ A lovely evening?] Thanks for all the Strentzel goodness[in margin: I have enjoyed. Farewell Good night John Muir]
On board the Zephyr between Steilicoom & Olympia
1879 Jun 25
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39 cm.
Reel 03, Image 1092
The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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