John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887


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Therefore I c…

though still

bouncing one

the home cor…

[leaving the]

[of them] wou…

June 4th [After due]

Blankets g…

The flock headed for

on two horses

two thousand

[beasts] outspread


sharply hach…

the pack horses [kind, well bred Irishman & fairly well educated, [man] though heavily worn & abraded by early pioneer experiences in the gold mines both of California & British Columbia.] Sheep-knowing Billy [Bawsely] the shepherd proud of his sheep [meanish & muttony, whose better qualities had all been [smoothed under] smeared over & well nigh obliterated from his character alltogether by the degrading influences of his solitary unbalanced employment acting through many years.] A chinaman and Digger Indian to assist in driving for the first [a] few days in the brushy foothill, & myself with notebook tied to my belt, the mountains in my heart [burdened with many cares like Bunyan's pilgrim, but with a find terrestrial heaven ever visible before me.]

The home-ranch [camp] from which we set out is



[situated near French Bar,] [or] [L…] on the south side of the Tuolumne River Near French Bar

[near the boundary between the mountains & the plains,] where the foothills of metamorphic gold bearing slates [gradually] dip below the stratified deposits of the Great Valley

[& our way was [along] by wagon road to Coulterville a brisk mining town 25 miles [distant] from French Bar, Trans ahead & thus far [the hills [ ] were as dry & hot] as hot & dusty & pastureless as the plains, over which the soiled disorderly horde of bleating complaining sheep & lambs dragged themselves under a cloud of dust raised by the dibbling of 8000 feet.]

We had not gone [proceeded] more than a mile before some of the old leaders of the flock

showed by the eager restless way they ran and looked ahead that they were on the way back to the high pastures where they had grown fat last summer. [plainly by the way they pushed on that they were aware of the fact that they were going to the mountain pastures frequently running eagerly a few rods & [suddenly stopping] turning their heads] to [look back] listen to the voice of [the shepherd to make sure they were]

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