John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


image preview


2-May 15th, 1870the waters in the most divine harmonies. This is a costly trip as most people make it but if you can come I will send you directions etc., that will make your expenses quite bearable.I believe I told you that Dr. Carr was now Prof. in the University of this State. I have not seen the Dr. or Mrs. Carr yet but expect them here this summer. I wish you could come when they are here. Mrs. Carr was frequently at Pr du Chien and I think you know her. You ask me to tell (about) my work. Well it so happened by a great coincidence that the (d)ay*your letter arrived I began(to saw?)*lumber for repairs on the (fac)tory house and tomorrow I am going to begin tearing down muslin partitions, that you spoke of.I made a sawmill for Mr. H. this winter, and have been operating it lately. This together with various jobs of carpenter work and the feeding of a herd of hateful gobblers is my terrestrial employment and visible means of support.I do not think you will recognize me, like John the Baptist, I dwell in the wilderness and have a leathern girdle about my loins and I wear sackcloth when I camp out I have ashes on my head and on my whole body. There are two families in (--------)* besides some camps of dirty batchelors, There is about fifty visitors here at present. The valley is very beautiful. Summer verdure is in full gushing prime. The falls are very high from the melting of the upper snow.Farewell, hoping to see you soon and that you will derive all the health benefits from your long journey that you hope for,Ever yours,John M.*() these particular lines fell on the side of paper which was torn. Words and parts of words in () seemed logical to copyist. Where there are (--) the whole word was torn from the page.


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1870 May 15


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0279

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

Wisconsin Historical Society. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date


Page Number

Page 6


John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle