Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
calling at St Laurence Island again on the way. We will leave here tomorrow or next day, & arrive along the American Coast around by Point Barrow & then, when the ice is likely to be most open, push off as far into the Arctic Ocean towards Wrangel Land. We may find traces of the Jeanette on Wrangel Land in case we should be able to reach it through the ice & if so we will be back to San Francisco in October or November, But if not we will come again to St Michael, take nine months provisions on board & go again to the northward prepared to winter somewhere on the north coast of Asia & make search journeys with dogs & sleds over the frozen ocean. I am afraid I may not hear a single word from you dear mother, nor from any of the family until the cruise is done, or until the arrival [in margin: of next years whaling fleet in June of 1882. Love to all John Muir]
St. Michaels, Alaska
1881 Jul 4
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