John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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[4]I will work always as I do now. I have great toil & greater rewards I would like [illegible] to spend a week or two among you all, & so I will when the right time arrives. It seems as though I was living more apart from you than formerly. I suppose on account of the difference of our pursuit. The Yellow days of Oct are full of that infinite calm & repose that so inspires every receptive soul whether in the Indian summers of Wisconsin or in the untrodden gardens of Calafornia Mtns - Farewell with love to David & all the younglings Ever affectionately John Muir [1] Yosemite Oct 8th [1872] Dear Sister SarahYour big woolly socks are safe in my possession & of course I am already thankful in all of my ten toes that tingled with anticipated comfort at the sight of [underlined: so much] warm wool. I got down last eve from the high Sierras - was out eleven days & in that time pushed through the hitherto un- explored Tuolumne Canon - Climbed three times to the top of Mt Hoffman & once to Mt Lyell. The Tuolumne Canon is a gorge twenty one miles long & from two to more than five thousand feet in depth full of the very grandest of rock forms & waterfalls & cascades of endless variety & size, it is in all respects a Yosemite.[in margin: The Yosemite Poem you send, I read in the out [illegible] manuscript the Poem was hatched here last summer. Joaquin Muller has gone to London]



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[1872] Oct 8


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0957

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