John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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most happy to see you & help you to see Yosemite. You will require no photograph to know me, the most suntanned & round shoulder- ed & bashful man of the crowd (if you catch me in a crowd), that's me. I will be here for some years, as last fall I began a careful study of the ancient glacier system of this portion of the Sierra for the Boston Academy of Science A sort of preliminary survey of the Glacial basin of Yosemite Creek was published in the New York Tribune of Dec 9th (Daily) wh will give you some idea of the manner in wh my life is spent. Some winter letters of mine may also appear in the Tribune as soon as the snow blockade is broken. Last Dec' we had a glorious jubilee of waterfalls, of wh I wrotean account, It will probably appear in next months "Overland" If it does I hope you will see it. How gladly I would welcome Mrs Pelton here & wee Fannie who would have been more than half a woman ere this. I would like to see you all. How fast those yrs have flown. How you must laugh at the memories of my odd appearance, among you all. I remember rebuking you & Mr Lovewell without mercy for silly chat, old Mr Newton too for irreveren ce & all of you for sins of some kind or other, & something else I remember Emily - Your Kind words to me the first day I sw you Kind words are likely to live in any human soil, but planted in the breast of a Scotchman they are


Yosemite Valley

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[1872] Feb 19


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Reel 02, Image 0691

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