Emily [O. Pelton]
find my old route. Darkness was coming on & I had two hours work of a dangerous kind, but by running jumping, sliding, tumbling, & floating besides other modes of locomotion terrestrial & agnatic I accomplished my crazzy task in half time, & [illegible]- ed a long fast & a night upon the mountain in the cold - The sunlight is very rich & warm today - almost balmy & the magnificent waterfalls just coming over the rocks there half-a mile in height have been supplied with plenty of melting snow & are singing the most divine of Natures deep harmonies Something or other jostled a bunch of the old Mondell memories I thought of the days when I came in fresh [illegible] from the [illegible] woods, & when I used to hurl very orthodox de[illegible]ciations at all things morally or religiously amiss in old or young. It appears strange to me that you should all have been so patient with me I am making a [illegible] here & have plenty of books to read besides this rocky book of Nature between whose leaves I am shut in like a fly Well here comes the bottom of my page & so goodbye I hope that 1870 has a great many blessings for you & I[in margin: hope that at all times when a friend is needed you will count on John Muir]
1870 Jan 29
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