John Muir


[Joseph] Le Conte


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sheltered place. Well, I had not run four miles ere I found all that I sought & you might have heard a shout in Oakland This glacier was about 12 miles in length by about 5 or 6 ms in width - of the depth I have no satisfactory data, Its course was nearly North & South uniting with the summit glaciers in the valley opposite Hutchings hotel It headed on the Tuolumne divide. The El Capitan Mountain was its western bank & that spur from the Hoffman range wh the Mono trail begins to ascend at the ford of Yosemite Creek must have formed its eastern bank. Perhaps this glacier was not born so early as those of the summits. & I am sure that it died long before they were driven from the canons Tenaya & Nevada. I followed the stream to the snow of the west end of the Hoffman range & every where found moraines leveled & washed by water currents, & formed into meadow strips or sandy flats with the larger boulders rising above the surface Yrs Cordially John Muir[4] [1871] Yosemite July 10thDear Le Conte I am going to start in a few days for the region that we last year visited in company. I wish that I could have the profit & pleasure of your company this year also. I will spend a few days upon Mt Hoffman & a week about the Mt Dana region. Will then cross to the Mono basin to examine the lavas etc. I still hold to my first impressions concerning the present condition of that wonderful volcanic cone. but will careful- ly reconsider the question in connection with your [1] 00545



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[1871] Jul 10


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26.5 cm.

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