more if I can then perhaps I will follow the Tuolumne down to the Hetch Hetctry Yosemite Then perhaps follow every Yosemite stream back to its smallest sources in the mountains of the Lyell group & the Cathedral group & the Obelisk & Mt Hoffman This will perhaps be my work untill the coming of the winter snows when I will probably find a sheltered rock nook where I can make a nest of leaves & mosses & doze until spring. I expect to be entirely alone in these mountain walks & not withstanding the glorious portion of daily bread wh my soul will receive in these fields where only the footprints of God are seen, the gloomin will be very lonely, but I will cheerfully pay [this juice?] of friendship hung- er and all besides  I suppose you have seen Mr King who kindly carried some flies for Mr Edwards. I thought you would easily see him or let him know that you had his specimens I collected most of them upon Mt Hoffman, but was so busy in assisting Reilly that I could not do much in butterflies. Hereafter I shall be entirely free The purples & yellows begin to come in the green of our groves & the rocks have the autumn haze & the water songs are at their lowest hushings, Young birds are big as old ones & it is the time of ripe berries, & is it true that those are Bryants Melancholy days; I dont know; I will not think but I will go above these brooding days to the higher brighter mountains Farewell Cordially ever yrs John Muir
 Aug 13
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