John Muir


Dav[id Gilrye Muir]


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[4]of noise. The side walks are in some places about a foot wide & so of course pedestrians of all colors & languages have to mix in the tide of mules & wheels. Their architecture is heavy & tasteless but some buildings have fine open halls, & and squares, decked with plants. These public squares are not in keeping with Spanish taste - they are the most beautiful by far that I ever beheld - large & cool with shade, & tastefully adorned with the brightest of flowers - I beg pardon Dave I did not know that I had gone among the "confounded weeds" again I start for California weeds & trees next Thursday on the steamship Santiago de Cuba, my health has improved since the cool winds of Cape Hatteras & Sandy Hook have fanned me, I will soon be able for long walks again & work[in margin: NY not dated starting for Cal still weak]00439[1] New York March 3rd [1868]Dear brother Dan, I wish that my travel work was done, & that I was on my way home. since my Florida illness the labor of living among strangers is hard to bear, & lonesomeness & homesickness come oftener than ever - I arrived here from Cuba a few days ago, we had a rough passage, & I was glad it was so, for I was anxious to obtain a good view of the grand ocean both in storm & calm. I am surprised to find these measureless fields of water as richly pervaded with divine beauty as the land, our virgin prairies of the west[in margin: Business is dull in New York. I suppose it is [illegible] in P[illegible]. I intended to visit B[illegible][illegible] but it was burned last night. My love to all. I will hope to hear from you & mother & the girls at San Francisco.]


New York

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[1868] Mar 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1186

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