John Muir


Wanda, Helen & Mama [Muir]


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[1][letterhead]Oct 18 1898Dear Wanda & Helen & MammaIm pretty sleepy, for it was after midnight when I went to bed last night & the bed was only a confounded stuffy jiggling bunk at the top of a sleeping or sleepless car. But this day was so crisp & bright & delightful, so full of lovely & wild scenery it might awaken the dead & do away with sleep altogether. I stopped here on my way from Montreal to the White Mountains & all the scenery was beautiful & must be beautiful all the year but robed with glorious leaf colors as it is now nobody can half tell or even hint it. The town is finely 02486[2]situated on Lake Champlain on high ground on the Eastern shore commanding wide views of the lake with its many islands & the mountains of the Adirondacks region, while the Green Mountains make a grand fence along the Eastern horizon. I got here about noon, had a nice dinner in a fine clean commodious hotel [in margin: 50]which you may be sure I appreciated after the squalled piggy places we had to stop at in the southern states. Then I got a buggy & drove through the pretty town & the hills & along the lake through the midst of Yellow & purple & golden trees & bushes. My! If you & Helen & Mamma could have been with me. Tomorrow I start for Stowe & thence up Mt Mansfield. Thence I go to Mt Washington & the passes and notches of the White Mountains, & 02486


Burlington, Vt.

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Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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