[John Muir]


Annie [Galloway]


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[3]of a fern. Its little cove home is on the north side of the valley a thousand feet up the rocks, some of the spray of the great Yo-Semite falls come to it One or two little white flowers were with it, & some mosses were on the floor bright & shinning as the drops that wet them, I found a great many pretty ferns & flowers in the Yo Semite Valley, & I will give you some. This is the smallest fern I ever saw. This is a dark stormy night. The wind is loud, & the rain is pouring from the black sky in torrents, five or six of my lambs died today. & I think that far more will die tonight. It makes me sorry to see the little things die - I hope when spring comes you will gather some flowers for00494[4]me & send them in a letter, some of the big Anemones I want you call them gopher blows, I suppose you have your uncle Dan with you now - I wish you would tell him that I received his Avery letter of Sep' 27th that I want him to send his "plans" before I answer it, because I have something to tell that I don't wish to tell before he tells his latest plans - There are no trees where I am nor any bushes but the little birds find shelter in the rocks. God has made little houses for them little caves, little shelf berths - Where they are cozy & warm, but my poor sheep have no shelter I hope that you are very happy & that you will have a very happy new Year[in margin: Bid everybody happy new year for me from your [illegible] John If you see Annie & Jessie [illegible] tell them that I am going to write to them soon. Tell Joanna Muir that I rced her letter of Oct 25 & will write a great long answer when I am not lazy]


[Yosemite, Calif ?]

Date Original

[ca 1870]


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 26.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0367

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Page 2


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