John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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company & comforts is perhaps more practical though not so pleasant. Hawthorne says that steam spiritualizes travel but I think that it equally degrades & material- izes travel, however flies & fevers have to be considered in this case, I am glad that Ned has gone, the woods of the Purus will be a grand place for the growth of men It must be that I am going soon for you have shown me the way - people say that my wanderings are very mazy & methodless but they are all known to you in some way before I think of them you are a prophet in the concerns of my little outside life, & pray what says the spirit about my final escape fromYosemite You saw me at these rock altars years ago & I think I shall remain among them untill you take me away. I reached this place last month by following the Merced out of the valley & through all its canons to the plains above Snelling - a most glorious walk - I intended returning to the valley ere this but Mr Delaney the man with whom I am slopping at present, would not allow me to leave before I had plowed his field & so I will not be likely to see Yosemite again before January when I shall have a grand journey over the snow Mrs Yelverton told me before I started upon my river explor- ations that she would likely(Address to Snelling for the next few months)


La Grange, [Calif]

Date Original

[1870] Nov 4


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0351

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