John Muir


[Sarah Muir Galloway]


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a lonely rock standing in the centre of a valley there the streams takes its rise. At a distance this rock looks like an old castle Sheep herding has been extolled by philosophers & poets, but I think that both philosophy & poetry are dimly seen in the business if seen at all.Milton bewailed his inability to see "flocks & herds" but I don't care of I should never see any more of these dirty mongrel mutton assemblies The native mountain sheep is a happy animal & handsome as a deer but these misshapen mixed "improved" creatures are "fearfully


West Bank of Castle Creek

Date Original

[1869] Feb 27


Original letter dimensions: 3 x 22.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0051

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Page 2


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