John Muir


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Sunset opposite Naniamo. (See pg 1.) Glorious June 2. Went ashore near N[orth] end of Vancouver Island. Found magnif[icent] woods. Thuya gig[antea] ~ Cupressus Nootkatensis - Abies Amabilis ?) [ ] & Pinus Monticola! Devils Club. Just opening leaves - Doug. Spruce ab. One 7 ft dia. Fine river at head of small bay. 3d. At Lowe Inlet on Princess Royal Isld. Cannery went ashore. From wharf climbed in extremely rough woods. No Doug[las] Sp[ruce]. But Thuya a Cupressus Noot - & Abies amabilis ab. Apple riv. Yew seen by Fernow [Bernhard Fernow] 4 In the morning visited Duncan at Metlakatla - Heard his story of separation from the Episcopalian church Did not wish to closely follow or insist on ritual. Wished to recognize all Christians as on Quarrel with bishop. Appeal to Canadian premier at Ottawa. Wrote letter of explanation to England Was suspended. All church property confiscated. Inds[Indians] threatened with arrest if they took [aught] from gardens or own houses. Inds[Indians] had no rights save to that given in charity by Queen Victoria So said judges at Victoria. Inds[Indians] threatened war. Decided to leave this country. Got Atlin isld[Island] from government on condition of swearing allegiance to U.S.

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Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.

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