John Muir


[John Bidwell]


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[Rose leaf in top left corner] And now here comes the third big sheet & nothing said. The most ex= tensive letters are capable of containing but little more than mere compliments. Here Mrs Bidwell is a rose leaf from a wild briar on Mt Diablo whose leaves are more flowers than its petals. [ Is’nt?] it beautiful? That New Yosemite Valley is located in the heart of the Middle Fork Canon, the most remote & inaccessible, one of the very grandest of all the mountain temples of the range. It is still sacred to Nature – its gardens untrodden & every nook & rejoicing cataract wears the bloom & glad sun beauty of primeral wildness. Ferns & lilies & grasses over ones head. I saw a flock of five deer in one of its open meadows, & a grizzly bear quietly munching acorns under a tree within a few steps. The cold was keen & searching the night I spent on the summit by the edge of a glacier lake 22 degrees below the freezing point, & a storm wind blowing in fine hearty surges among the shattered cliffs overhead, & to crown all, snow flowers began to fly a few minutes after midnight causing me to fold that quilt of yours & fly to avoid a serious snowbound. By daylight I was down in the Main Middle Fork in a milder climate & safer position at an elevation of only 7500 feet. All the summit


1419 Taylor St. San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1877 Dec 3


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0639

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Page 5


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