John Muir


Mrs. [L.] Strentzel


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Belmont Nevada Aug’ 31st 1878.Dear Mrs Strentzel. I wrote you a note the other day before receiving your letter of the 14th wh reached me this morning. The men are packing up & I have only a moment We have been engaged so long southward that we may not go to Eureka, if not we will make direct to Hamilton & the b[illegible] Dr so kindly sent I will have forwarded. The fury sun is pouring in first beams across the gray Belmont hills but so long as there is [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] supply of any kind of water to keep my blood thin & flowing it effects me but little. We are all well again or nearly so, I quite. Our leader still shows traces of fever. The difference between wet & dry bulb thermometer is often here 40° or more causing excessive waste from lungs & skin sunless water be constantly supplied ones blood seems to thicken to such an extent that if S[illegible] should ask “If you prick him will he bleed” I should answer, I [illegible]. Heavens! if the juicy grapes had come manner like from the sky that last thirst night. Farewell – we go – John Muir Cordially thankfully yrs


Belmont, Nevada

Date Original

1878 Aug 31


Original letter dimensions: 32 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0886

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