S. Hall Young


John Muir


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2again down Mission br. to Eagle. The mountains are the most beautiful treeless & snowless mountains I have ever seen. At one camp, within a radius of a few [weres?] we picked 63 distinct varieties of flowers. I collected over 30 species of butterflies. The mountains of S.E. Alaska are not "is it" with these in flowers & insects. And such pastures! The herds of the U.S. might graze there.I hope you will take a trip across these mountains get botanizing & mountainizing. cant you come to me at Cape Nome the first of July next, ascending the Yukon with me to [illegible] where I am to attend a meeting of the Presbytery of Yukon the fourth Thurs. of July; thence I comtemplate going on up to Eagle 600 miles further, then take a pack train from Eagle across those mountains to headwaters of Copper R. & down it to Baldy, where I think of founding a mission? Thence it is easy to Sitka & down the Coast. What do you say? Shall we have another "high & solemn revel" together? Break away from the luxury of millionair trips to the freedom of roughing it with your old companion.We shot the various rapids of the Yukon in our boat when they were at their highest & fiercest, but we go through safely & enjoyed it. I was touched by the graves at White Horse Rapids of the fevor fellows who have been wrecked & drowned there. Afterwards, one midnight while steering along02615


St. Michaels, Alaska

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