John Muir


Jeanne Carr


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[page 3] I am not decided about my summer. I want to go with the Sequoias a month or two into all their homes from north to south, learning what I can of their conditions and prospects, their age, stature, the area they occupy, etc. But John Swett, who is brother now, papa then, orders me home to booking. Bless me, what an awful thing town duty is! I was once free as any pine-playing wind, and feel that I have still a good length of line, but alack! There seems to be a hook or two of civilization in me that I would fain pull out, yet would not pull out – O, O, O!!! I suppose you are weary of saying book, book, book, and perhaps when you fear me lost in rocks and Mono deserts I will, with Scotch perverseness,


Yosemite Valley, Calif.

Date Original

1875 Jul 31


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

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1875 July 31 JM to Mrs Carr

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MSS 301 Shone

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1875 July 31 JM to Mrs Carr p3


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