[John Muir]


Annie [Galloway]


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[1]Dear Annie It is not a very long, time since Merrill & I paid you a visit but now I am away in California - [I hardly ever see anybody?] & sometimes I am lonesome. I wish you could come to my shanty, I would tell you about the flower & the mountains & the birds & you would tell me all about lessons & everything about [illegible]lia - Most of the winter days here are fine & warm & sunny just like summer days - The stars in California twinkle more than the stars that are above Wisconsin - I had a nice walk about a month ago from beyond the Tuolumne river, the [Traills?] for miles were all[2]strewed with quartz crystals - & they made the ground look starry as the sky. I looked at them so much that I saw the glinting & flashing of thousands of them after I shut my eyes to sleep. Here is a precious little fern that I found far up in the Yo-Semite rocks, the day before I found it I was at what is called the Ribbon falls, I went too near & got all wet in the spray, & it made me sick, & when I was setting at the campfire that night I looked up past the top of the rocks & happened to see two of the stars that belong to the great bear & they made me think of home, & then I was loney. Now whenever I feell bad I always find something good to make up for it, & so sure enough next day I found this delicate little creature


[Yosemite, Calif ?]

Date Original

[ca 1870]


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 26.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0365

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