S. Hall Young


John Muir


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[2]some petty government official. I suppose a letter from you is among the number. I wished to hear whether the box of Indian [illegible] I sent two months ago has reached you. I am afraid it is lost for I gave it into Hughes’ hands with instructions to express it to you, pre[illegible] charges, & give the bill to me. He presented no bill & when I asked him about it could tell nothing. I have had a severe time with [lower back?] from a fall I received nearly six weeks ago on the ice was confined to bed for a while & have to use a cane still & take it slow. No permanent injury. There is much drinking & fighting among the Indians here more wars than ever before since I come to [3]the country. They openly buy & make all the vile liquor they want. I have much trouble to keep my church adherents straight Old [Lot Ljeen?] is the staunchest man I have. He wants you to know that by the death of his Uncle, Chief Shustak the chief[illegible] properly descends to him & he is very busy now “making ready” the affairs of the deceased. He has sent below for a $100.00 stone & has had a fence made for another hundred. The obsequies will cost in all about $350.00. But he will more than make good these expenditures out of Shustaks estate. As you like curious Indian items I’ll give you a list of the expenditure to satisfy the honor & minister to the comfort of the dead chief by his brothers – not by [God?]


Fort Wrangel, Alaska

Date Original

1881 Jan 26


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0428

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