[Original letter returned to Miss M. Merrill].Yosemite Valley,Sep. 27th, 1872.Dear Miss Merrill:Your note of Sep. 1st was received last eve on our return from Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Canyon of the Tuolumne above. Also M[errill] and I have each received a letter from Mrs. Moores dated Sep. 9th. I am glad you all feel that it is best for Merrill that he is in our Sierras, and that Mrs. Moores’ health is so improved. I shall continue to hope that I shall yet meet you all here to drink the beauty that wells from a thousand fountains free and available to all the pure in heart.We have had a most glorious time in the great Tuolumne canyon, wh[ich] is a Yosemite valley where Godful sublimity more abounds than in this. We have been absent on this excursion 9 days. I am not satisfied, and will set out again tomorrow alone for a week or two. This will be too dangerous for M[errill]’s inexperienced limbs, therefore I shall have to leave him here.I am glad you found abundance of beauty in the sea and that has so enriched your life.Ever your friend,JOHN MUIR
1872 Sep 27
Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0919
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