David [Gilrye Muir]
my health which suffered such wreck in the south has been thouroughly patched & mended in the mountains of California. I had a week or two of fever before leaving the plains for YoSemite, but it was not severe & I was only laid up three or four days, & a month in the Sierras cooled with mountain winds & delicious crystal water has effected a complete cure, and now Davie this is a splendid country, & one might truthfully make use of more than half of the Methodist hymn 'Land of pure delight' in describing it, & it flows with more of milk & more of honey than ever did old Canaan in its happiest prime, Of all the bright shining ranks of happy days that God has given me since I left Wisconsin these of California are00445the happiest This place is ten or a dozen miles from the lowest foot hills of the great Sierra range & opposite & parallel to it at the distance of 40 or 50 ms is the Diabolo range, both of which with their gorges, & valleys, & snow clad peaks, are in full clear view like a picture in a room . They form together with the purple plains & pure sky a source of exhaustless & unmeasurable happiness from all the fields when I work. I have been in the harvest field, but harvest work is easy here where headers are used Many farmers in this valley raise from 10 to 20 thousand bushels of grain. I never had so easy times in harvest field before. I worked for sometime here
…Merced River Near Snelling, Merced Co., Cal.
 Jul 14
Original letter dimensions: 22.0 x 26.5 cm
Reel 01, Image 1218
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