John Muir


Sarah Galloway


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[Page 1] In the sawmill,

Yosemite Valley, April 5th, l871.

Dear Sister Sarah:

This is one of the most surpassingly glorious of Yosemite days, and I have suddenly thought to write you. We have rain and storm. The vast column of the upper Yosem[ite] falls is swaying with wonderful ever-changing forms of beauty, and all our mountain walls are wreathed in splendid clouds. In some places a strip of muffy white cloud reaches almost from the bottom of the wall to the top, and just across the meadow the summit of a pine-crested mountain is peering above the clouds like an island in the sky — thus[sketch]


Yosemite Valley [Calif.]

Date Original

1871 Apr 5


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 15 cm.

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1871 April 5 jm to sarah

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MSS 048 John Muir Papers

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1871 April 5 jm to sarah p1


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