John Muir


Sarah Galloway


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[Page 2] It is hard to write here, as the mill jars so much by the stroke of the saw, and rain drips from the roof, and I have to set the log every few minutes. I am operating this same mill that I made last winter. I like the piney fragrance of the fresh-sawn boards, and I am in constant view of the grandest of all the falls. I sleep in the mill for the sake of hearing the murmuring hush of the water beneath me, and I have a small box-like home fastened beneath the gable of the mill, looking westward down the Valley, where I keep my notes, etc. People call it the hang-nest, because it seems unsupported, thus [sketch]. Fortunately the only people that I dislike are afraid


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

File Identifier

MSS 048 John Muir Papers

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1871 April 5 jm to sarah p2


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