John [Muir]


[Daniel Muir]


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[3]and home by Green bay, As it was I travelled about three hundred miles and was absent about three weeks, we learned lessons of human nature 'collected more specimens than we expected and had a proper good time notwithstanding the bickerings and perplexities caused by our talk [ative?] stomach I shall give you here a specimen dug we [illegible] about [illegible] from our little cotton sheet tent, our bed being the ground, we shake ourselves full hungry and ascertain that every prominent bone is [illegible] - harnessing our riches and furniture to their places by leather straps, we make for the nearest hill to search for a house where we might find bread & milk for our carnal half, perhaps the hill is high, and the prospect enchanting, and we forget our breakfast as we analyze some new [plant?] or gaze in ecstasy over miles and miles of beauty all aglow with the morning sunlight, perhaps our eyes rest upon the outcrops of a neighboring hill and we think of the earth's long history - how were the rugged valleys worn among the hills - what waters have deposited these naked str[illegible] - what strange animals peopled those [illegible] seas which once flowed in calm or storm above the peak on which we stand, as we thus gaze down long encession of other ages endeavoring to sp[illegible.] the worlds history by these magnificent "[illegible]- ies of the Eternal", importunate [illegible] stomach [makes?]


Fountain Lake, [Wisc]

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1863 Dec 20

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