John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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1870 Yosemite Valley May 15th My dear friend Emily I would gladly climb to the top our highest rocks to find out whether you are on this or the other side of the rocky mtns Can it be that you are indeed in California. If this be a fact it has some rare unbelievable properties that make it hard to comprehend But with faith like a grain of mustard seed I will go on to believe that you are verily in Yuba. Well [illegible] I congratulate you upon your arrival in this Pacific land of gold I mean the gold of Yellow comps' that cover the plains You must be very weary of that long ride I should think that a week of car locomotion on such hillocky railroads would sift[in margin: Camps of dirty batchelors. There is about fifty visitors here at present. The valley is very beautiful. Summer [illegible] is in full gushing [illegible] the falls are very high from the melting of the upper snows. [illegible] will hoping to see you soon & that you will [illegible] all the health benefits from your long journey that you hope for. Ever yours John M]


Yosemite Valley

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1870 May 15


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