John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 1] Residence of Mr. Young, Fort Wrangell, Aug. 14th, 1880. 11:45 A.M. Dear Louie I am back in my old quarters, and how familiar it all seems -- the lovely water, the islands, the Indians with their baskets and blankets and berries, the jet ravens prying and flying here and there, and the bland, dreamy, hushed air drooping and brooding kindly over all. I miss [fathers?] so much. I have just been over the battleground with Mr. Young, and have seen the spot where he fell. Instead of coming here direct from Sitka we called at Klawack on Prince of Wales Island for freight -- canned salmon, oil, furs, etc., which detained us a day. We arrived here last evening at 10:30. Klawack is a fishing and trading station located in a most charmingly beautiful bay, and while lying there, the evening before last, we witnessed a glorious auroral display which lasted more than three hours. First we noticed long white lance-shaped streamers shooting up from a dark cloud-like mass near the horizon, then a well defined arch, the corona, almost black, with a luminous edge appeared, and from it, radiating like spokes from a hub, the streamers kept shooting with a quick glancing motion, and remaining drawn on the dark sky, distinct, + white, as fine lines drawn on a blackboard. And when half the horizon was adorned with these silky fibrous


Fort Wrangel [Alaska]

Date Original

1880 Aug 14


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

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1880 Aug 14 JM to Louie

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MSS 301 Shone

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