John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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[2]I have abundance of work of a kind that I like & I now see my life work. I am at work now as I presume you know, on mtn structure, & am constantly in the outside mtns excepting the one day in a dozen or so that I come to Yosemite for provisions. I have met a good many of the noted men of Science but am disappointed in not seeing Prof Agassiz He wrote me a very kind letter & very flattering He said to one of my friends in San Francisco that "Muir was studying to greater purpose & with greater results than any- one else had done" I find a great many friends & all seem to [3]expect so much that I must needs accomplish something if for them alone. I will set out again in a day or two for the summits & will deposit some provisions in a central place where I can harbor in case of a big snow storm. Then I will come here & hide in a garret untill spring, writing up field notes etc. I can do so little in a letter that I never try to give you any definite idea of the kind of [illegible] & probable results that receive my attention, but I will write something that may be published & then you will understand my life better There is no rest for me 00626



Date Original

[1872] Oct 8


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0959

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Page 2


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