John Muir


Dav[id Gilrye Muir]


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[Original letter in possession of David Gilrye Muir]Near La Grange, Sep. 24, '69.Bro. Dave:I have escaped the vindictive paws of the Pi-Ute Indians and grizzly bears, and [am] safe upon the purple plains of Joaquin once more. About the 1st of last June I sent a gold draft for $200 to Buller, Broome and Clapp, New York, by Wells Fargo ex[press], and have not rec'd any acknowledgment of its reception. If you have not sent a receipt please do so as soon as convenient, or if not heard from let me know, that the matter may be settled before I leave California. I have about $500 more than I require at present, which you may have if you wish it.I have enjoyed a most divine piece of life among the snow peaks of the glorious Sierra Nevadas. Botany, geology, and sketching have been my principal objects.I had my sheep within two miles of the grand Yo Semite Valley for more than three weeks. I found Prof. Butler of Madison in Yo Semite. Dr. Carr is now Prof. in the Cala. State Uni[versity] at San Fran.I do not know at present where my next pilgrimage will be, perhaps S. America.I have a dozen grizzly bear stories to tell you. I had a letter from Dan, telling of his physic notions and of his love. Have you been interrogated by any lady lately respecting my whereabouts? I am glad to hear of the late movements of our twins.Love to yourself and household.FromJOHN MUIR


Near La Grange

Date Original

1869 Sep 24


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 19.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0143

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Page 3


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