John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[1] Near Snelling Merced Co California July 26th 68Dear friend Mrs Carr, I have had the pleasure of but one letter since leaving home from you, that I rec'd at Gainesville, Ga' - I have not rec'd a letter from any source since leaving Florida, & of course I am very lonesome, & hunger terribly for the communion of friends, I will remain here eight or nine months & hope to hear from all my friends. Fate & flowers have carried me to California, & I have reveled & luxuriated amid its plants & mountains nearly four months, I am well again, I came to life in the cool winds & crystal waters of the mountains, & were it not for a thought now & then of loneliness & isolation, the pleasure of my existence would be complete. I have forgotten whether I wrote you from Cuba or not, I spent four happy weeks there in January & February I saw only a very little of the grandeur of Panama, for my health was still in wreck, & I did not venture to await the ar- rival of another steamer, I had but half a day to collect specimens - the isthmus train rushed on with cruel speed through the gorgeous Eden of vines & palms, & I could only gaze from the car platform, & weep, & pray that the Lord would someday give me strength to see it better. After a delightful sail [deleted] [deleted] I arrived in San Fran'[in margin: Remember me to the [illegible] I hope he has the pleasure of sowing in good & honest [illegible] the glorious truth of science to which he has devoted his life. Give my love to all your boys and my little Butler. Adieu JMuir Address Hopeton Merced Co Cala]


Near Snelling, Merced Co. Calif.

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1868 Jul 26


Original letter dimensions: 21.0 x 40.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1226

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