John Muir


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Colony has made a capital contribution to the culture expressive of the [vigor] of its [millions] peoples & their brave faith [They] have [implicitly] [given] pledges to fortune that they will work & want . A new world in [fruit] culture . Chase any [frost] out of this warm ground

From L A to Newhall Road runs up the open flat bottomed val [valley] of Los Angeles River, rough chaparraled mtns [mountains] on either side & but little water -- few fine farms. Little huttish homes back in the foothills wherever a spring breaks forth Passing through the mile & a quarter tunnel emerge at the head of the Santa Clara wh [which] is followed to [Ventura] 50 miles. The upper end of val [valley] one [leafless] hardened sandbed. Cattle all lean & in dying condition. lower some green ranches, oranges vineyards fine. corn crops magnificent cum [cumulus] cloud local [made] by [fan] like [avalanched] [mass]

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 15.5 cm.

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