P. C. Renfrew


John Muir


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[4]literally glorious in May and June with rhododendron and other flowering shrubs. Your second question is have you been on the Three Sisters. Yes on the centre & north – the former on July 28th the latter on Sept. 10th 1875. 3d How many glaciers are there on these flanks. Yo my position knowledge these are three acive ones each sending its stream of “pulp” (they would say in N[illegible] to the lowlands east and west. I do not say there are not other active ones but these I have visited; the largest four times. Now, allow me to ask you the cost of an aneroid faronetes suitable to [in margin: 366] take altitudes, gier size in diameter inclus with piece. Don’t forget that I promised you any data I possessed [underlined: if you came here]. Come. Respectfully & Truly P.C. Renfrew 00836 [1] McKenzie Bridge Oregon Feb 26th 1879Mr. John Muir Dear Sir, There are occasions in my life as there must be in that of every man “who, in the love of nature holds communion with her—“ that may be called epochs; when, overawed by her majesty I am lifted out of myself and individuality with all that encumbers it is for the moment extinguished. This I just experienced on the deck of a Pacific Steamship witnessing sunrise on a perfectly waveless sea, Next on viewing from above, a fog=filled valley of the southern Sierra at Sunrise, again, on my first sweeping view of the Yosemite Valley and last when standing on the north western glacier of the volcanos known as the “Three Sisters”.


McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

Date Original

1879 Feb 26


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 1012

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