John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 3] here I had very fine views of St. Lawrence Island from the north side, showing the trend of the ice-sheet, very plainly, much to my delight. The middle of the island is crowded with volcanic cones, mostly post-glacial, and therefore regular in form and but little wasted, and I counted upwards of 50 from one point of view. Just in front of this volcanic portion on the Coast there is a dead Esquimo village where we landed and found that every soul of the population had died two yrs. ago of starvation. More than 200 skeletons were seen lying about like rubbish, in one hut 30, most of them in bed. Mr. E. W. Nelson, a zealous collector for the Smithsonian Institution, gathered about 100 skulls as


St. Michaels [Alaska]

Date Original

1881 Jul 4


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier

1881 July 4 JM to Louie

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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1881 July 4 JM to Louie p2a MSS 301


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