John Muir


[James] Cross


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[illegible] 1981 Yosemite Valley Dec 24th 71Dear Cross. I have just written a line to Maxwell & of course you are in lively remember- ance as one third of the pleasant [illegible] of the Hoffman excursion. I suppose that you are now bravely housed in Merrie England, & in looking back upon the many broad fields of terrestrial grandeur & beauty, you behold our Yosemite sharply defined, peerless & companionless, would that you might see our mountains now, they are glorious with the generous snows of four days storm, every dome & spire, & every nitch & tablet, has its share of the pure jewels of winter storm. Since you were here I have rambled the upper mtns incessantly untill driven down by deep snows, I am engaged in the study of the ancient glacial system of this region, & am no longer bound to Hutchings or his mill, I will likely go on with my explorations with reference to the dead Yosemite ice rivers for several years & may write a mono- gram for the Boston Academy of Sciences. I was in the great Tuolumne canon a short time ago of wh Hetch Hetchy valley forms a part the Hetch Hetchy occupies exactly the same pos- ition upon the Tuolumne, that the Yosemite does upon the Merced, & both vallies were formed at the same period & by the same forces, & of course


Yosemite Valley

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1871 Dec 4


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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