John Muir


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Sunday May 3, 1896 Cloudy & cold & slightly rainy. Had visit from J. Swett & Mr. & Mrs. Coleman.

Monday 4 Light rain with black clouds. P.M. clearing & dry X Wrote to Mr. McAlister, Prof. Bradley, Libby on Solomon’s map. Urging caution against making the Sierra Club responsible for such poor shoddy work. Wrote to Lukens. Drove to Martinez P.M. Heavy clouds still floating overhead in half the sky.

Tuesday 5 Still cold & dark.

Wednesday 6 Dark cold & threatening rain. Rain P.M. to northward X Wrote to McAlister & Libby & Gen [General] Bidwell. Heard from Johnson through [Louis] of proposed honors from [Harvard]. Fannie Davis came this eve.

Thursday 7 Cool but clear high wind P.M. Went to Martinez with Fannie Davis & got the mail. roads dusty again

Friday 8 High wind but fair. Wrote to Prof Bradley on the Solomon map business & now have done with it. Walked over the hills with Wanda & Helen. How the wind did surge & hiss & rustle & shout in the rocks & trees & grass & how the tall grain waved, billows sweeping onward in endless succession with racing enthusiasm & how the wild oats danced & rippled & clapped their spikelets like happy hands in a passion of [fussy] joy. Like wild oats on the brow of a hill in a windy day, with back to wind the spikelets showed sooty black,

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Original journal dimensions: 18 x 21 cm.

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