[John Muir]


Wanda and Helen [Muir]


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home. It seems very queer to have so many companions on a glacial excursion after being along so much. Still I'm lonely to see you I often wonder what you are doing & how Strickeen & Tom are getting along. It is light all the time & I dont think Ive seen a star since we were at Sitka It is often eleven or twelve o'clock before I go to bed. & we are going farther north yet before we start for home. John Burroughs is delighted with the birds here most of them are singing now. They came many of them from California & Mexico. Even the little ruby throated hummingbird is here tho the little farry muggins had to fly all the way from Mexico or Central America since spring. One of the Zonotrichia. so common about our house in winter the one with Yellow on his brow is here & has built their nests & some have young already the naturalists call it the golden crowned Sparrow. Though now much Yellow is seen when it is flying about. It is a sad sight to see the naturalists a dozen of them at once shooting every kind of bird whether they have young or not, even the hummingbirds. & the mammal hunters set out 100 or 200 traps at once to catch mice marmots shrews etc. & then comes skinning & stuffing a horrid business. They all make fun of me about glaciers but I dont mind the fun of course. Ill soon be home


Kodiak [Alaska]

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Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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