John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]the balmiest spring sunshine into the blue other of our valley gulp[illegible]. But ere long ragged lumps of cloud began to appear all along the Valley rim, coming gradually into closer ranks, & rising higher like rock additions to the walls; From the top of them cloud- banks, fleecy fingers orchid out from both sides & met over the middle of the meadows, gradually thickening & blackening untill at night big confident snowflakes began to fall. We thought that the last [illegible] had been withered & reaped long ago by the glowing sun, for the blue- birds & whins sang spring, & so also did the bland unsteady winds, & the brown meadow opposite the house was spotted here & there with blue violets, Ca[illegible] spikes were shooting up through the dead leaves[3]& the cherry, & brier rose were unfolding their leaves; & besides these spring [note?] may a sweet mark & word that I cannot tell, but snow fell all the hours of today in cold winter earnest & [now?] at evening there rests upon rocks, trees, & weeds, as full & ripe a harvest of snow flowers as I ever beheld in the stormiest most opague days of mid winter Apr 13thAbout 12 inches of snow fell in that last snow storm. It dis- appeared as suddenly as it came snatched away hastily almost before it had time to melt, as if a mistake had been made in allowing it to come here at all A week of Spring days bright in every hour without a stain or thought of the storm came in glorious[6]great deal to say to you which I will not try to write Remember me most cordially to the Doctor & to Allie & all the boys, I am much obliged to you for those [botanical?] notes etc. & I am ever most cordially yours John MuirApril 5.1870.00504



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1870 Apr 5, 13


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0245

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