John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 3] Mr. Young and I have just concluded a bargain with the Indians, Lot and his friend, to take us in his canoe for a month or six weeks, at the rate of $60.00 per month. Our company will be those two Indians, and Mr. Young and myself, also an Indian boy that Mr. Young is to take to his parents at Chilkat, and possibly Col. Crittenden as far as Holkham Bay. Mr. Magee has at length refused to keep his bargain, and will return this month. He has gone today with three other tourists up the Stickine to the great Glacier. He will be back this evening, and will leave on the California within a few minutes of the arrival of the party, the Capt[ai]n having agreed to wait until their return. I am sorry that Mr.M[agee] should have started with me at all. He had no excuse for breaking his contract, and I shall find it difficult, I fear, to forgive him or have anything further to do with him. Still I feel that I am well rid of him. You will notice, dear, that I have changed the plan I formerly sent you in this, that I go on to the Chilkat for Mr. Young's sake, and farther; now that Mr. Magee is out of the trip, I shall not feel the necessity I previously falt of getting back to Sitka or Wrangell in time for the next steamer, though it is barely possible that I shall. Do not look for me, however, as it is likely I shall have my hands full for two months. Tomorrow is Sunday, so we shall not get away before Monday, the 16th. How hard it is to wait so long for a letter from you! I shall not get a word until I return. I am trying to trust that you will be patient and happy, and have that work done that we talked of.


Fort Wrangel [Alaska]

Date Original

1880 Aug 14


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier

1880 Aug 14 JM to Louie

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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1880 Aug 14 JM to Louie p3


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