[John Muir]


Sarah & David Galloway


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[1][letterhead:] Pen Sentinel Hotel, A. C. BLACK, Proprietor. Yo Semite Valley, April 25 1872Dear brother & sister Sarah & David Galloway, Your well filled envelope reached our valley this morning. I have read all the letters little & great with a relish that you cannot well appreciate, Nothing connected with your life can be trivial or uninteresting to me. I wish you would write oftener, The childrens letters are as George says of the peacocks "Superb" Celias Scripture is an epistolary wonder both in composition & execution If must be a deep & constant delight to you that they all are developing so very remarkably well. I will write them in answer noI have a log cabin half made up the the valley in a clump of cornus bushes on the river bank00590 [4]although all were new a few mos ago. I wish you or Maggie would knit me a pair strong ones & send by mail They would cost little postage but would save my feet this summer. Mtn' walking is severe on feet. I never petted snakes but they occasionally visited mw. My cabin was over & under & inter grown with ferns, & little green tree frogs were abundant amond them & about the edge of the creek that ran along the edge of the floor. I have not seen my winter letters in the Tribune. Please send me copies of each as you meet & if need be I will return them. The glacier article was in the 5th Dec' issue, not the 9th) I may write a few more sut will likely be busy in the mtns after the snow melts I shall hope to see you all here some day.Hearty thanks David for your care of the mud pond dear to Nature & to me.


New Sentinel Hotel Yo Semite Valley

Date Original

1872 Apr 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0793

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