John Muir


[Strentzel Family]


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keen & crisp & the stars shone out with better brilliances than one could hope for in these lowland atmospheres. The sunrise was truly glorious. After lingering an hour or so observing & feasting & making a few notes I went down to that halfway hotel for breakfast. I was the only guest. While the family numbered four well attired & intellectual looking persons who for a time kept up a solemn quakerish silence which I tried in vain to break up. But at length all four began a hearty spontaneous discussion upon the art of cat killing solemnly & decently relating in turn all their experiences in this business in by gone time embracing everything with grave fervor in the whole scale of cat all the way up from sackfuls of purbli[illegible] kits to tigerish Tours. Then I knew that such knowledge was attainable only by intellectual New Englanders. My walk down the mtn’-side across the vals’ & thro’ the Oakland hills was very delightful, & I feasted on many a bit of pure picture in purple & gold Natures best.


1419 Taylor St., San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1877 Dec 5


Original letter dimensions: 31 x 20 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0645

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