[John Muir]


[Sarah and David Galloway]


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[4] countered was the most beautiful & deepest & longest & narrowest [illegible] [rocks?] over[illegible]ing them a perfect selection of trees which hold themselves towards one another from side to side with inimitable grace forming a [flower / flowing?] [illegible] of indescribable beauty - the light is measured & [mellowed?] for every flower Springs [illegible] & pools are there in their places to moisten them The walls are fringed & painted most divinely with the bright green polypodium & As[illegible] & all[illegible] & mosses & liverworts - & gray lichens & here & there a clump of flowers & little bushes The [illegible] was barred & banded & sheltered by bossy shining mossclad logs cast in as needed from above over all & above all & in all the glorious ferns tall perfect [gad illegible] [illegible] & [illegible] [ amid?] their [fronds?] a long [illegible] ical spike of the Grand [onquil?] purple Orchis But who can describe a greenhouse planned & made & planted & tended by the Great Creator himself Mrs. Davis wished a fernery. Tell her I wish she could see this one & this rock work. We cannot remove such places to our homes but they cut themselves keenly into our mem- ories & remain pictured in us for ever[1] [1861-64] Since writing last we have been on many a hill, & walked over moors & mosses many O "but best of all our rambles was one which was completed last Friday We took the train from here Thursday morning for Kilbourn a small town on the [illegible] towards La C[illegible] rambled all day among the g[illegible] tangled [illegible] & lofty perpendicular rocks of the famous dells - stayed over night in Kilbourn & voyaged to Portage next day [upon?] a raft of our own construction The thousand[illegible] part of what we enjoyed was pleasure be- yond telling, At the Dells the river [illegible.] squeezed between lofty frowning sandstone rocks the invincible [ Wis?] has been fighting for ages for a free passage to the [illegible]- ippic &only this crooked & narrow slit has been granted or gained At present all is peace but the river though calm does not appear con- tented, only a few foam bells on [illegible]


[Madison, Wisc]

Date Original

[1863 Jul]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0574

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