John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 2] careful and elaborate measurements of its rate of motion, size, etc. They are well supplied with instruments and will no doubt do good work. I have yet to make a trip round Glacier Bay, to the edge of the forest and over the glacier as far as I can. Probably Reid and Cushing and their companions may go with me. If this weather holds I shall not encounter serious trouble. Anyhow I shall do the best I can. I mean to sew the bear skin into a bag, also a blanket and a canvas sheet for the outside. Then, like one of Wanda's caterpillars, I can lie warm on the ice when night overtakes me, or storms rather, for here there is now no night. My cough has gone and my appetite has come, and I feel much better than when I left home. Love to each and all. If I have time before the steamer leaves I will write to my dear Wanda and Helen. The crowd of visitors are gazing at the grand blue crystal wall, tinged with sunshine. Ever thine, JM.


Glaicer Bay, [Alaska]

Date Original

1890 Jul 7


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier

1890 July 7 JM to Louie

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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1890 July 7 JM to Louie p2


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