John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 8] Gray hair in is curly bushy locks, erect, firm of step, voice firm with a clear calm ring to it. Memory as good as very apparently and his interest in all the current news of the world as fresh as ever and as far reaching. I stopped over night with and talked till midnight. We were four days in making the round and had to make desperate efforts to get away. We climbed the observatory that used to be the great cloud-capped mountain of our child imagination but it dwindled now to a mere hill 250 ft high, half the height of the vineyard hill opposite the house. The porphyry cropping out on the summit is very hard and I was greatly interested in finding it grooved and polished by the ice sheet. I begin to get an appetite and feel quite well. Tell Wanda I’ll write her a letter soon. Love to all ever yours John Muir Everybody out in the country seemed disappointed not seeing you also.


Portage City [Wisc]

Date Original

1885 Sep 10


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier

1885 Sep 10 JM to Louie

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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1885 Sep 10 JM to Louie p8


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