[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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I would have been with you ere this to tell you about it & to give you some lilies & pine tassels that I brought for you & Mrs McChesney & Ina Coolbrith but alack! I am battered & scarred like a log that has come down the Tuolumne in flood-time & I am also lame with frost nipping. Nothing serious however & I will be well & better than before in a few days. I was caught in a violent snow storm & held upon the summit of the mountain all night in my shirt sleeves. The intense cold, & the want of food & sleep made the fire of life smoulder & burn low. Nevertheless in company with another [deleted: tough] strong mountaineer I broke through six miles of frosty snow down into the timber & reached fire & food & sleep, & am better than ever with all the valuable experiences. Altogether I have had a very instructive & delightful trip.[in margin: The bryanthus you wanted was snow buried & I was too lame to dig it out for you but I will probably be back ere long. Ill be over in a few days or so]


[San Francisco]

Date Original

1875 May 4


Original letter dimensions: 31 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0303

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Page 2


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