G. M. Lake


John Muir


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01547[2]can give you good references as to my capabilities should you require them. If you can do any thing for me please write and I will be at your service immediately. Direct to North Fork, Fresno Co California. My experiences & adventures on the Middle Folk of Kings River after your departure were varied and somewhat exciting. I hunted for the “Bar” whose track you saw on the meadow opposite “Bear Flat” but found him not. I got the cinnamon on Cartridge Creek on the Middle Fork, about 6 miles above the junction of Goddard Creek and the the Middle Folk. Found some fine mineral in there and plennty of it. Were it not so inaccessible we should hear of another Comstock. Time will remedy this however, and the din of the[3][in margin: Lake, the hunter]Stamp Mill will some day [illegible] with the noise of the rushing train as it whirls past bound for Mt Whitney and the summit lakes Did it ever occur to you that of all bouyant things on earth an “Old Prospectors” hopes are the lightest: A Balloon is “Lead” in comparison. We are all rich in the near future. Alas that near Future leaves our bones for storms of the mountains to scatter, or the sands of “Death Valley” to cover And our prospective wealth lies still buried in the earth to which we have returned in poverty. Good Kind Mother Earth, she hides our faults, our sins and our sorrows. And puts on her most dainty raiment, and her sweetest


Fish Creek, Fresno Co., Cal

Date Original

1891 Dec


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0432

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