Annie [L. Muir]
within a mile or two of the tremendous precipice they rush on in sublime fury each feathery billow dashing on as if anxious to be first to take the fearful plunge. If the falls were made into about ten thousand cat- aracts each would be grand & beautiful You will likely see them some day
Your Br John
Meaford Oct 23d
Dear Annie I think that I wrote last & you know that letter for letter is the rule in all correspondence but I will give you a "wee ane" free gratis for nothing without charging you some- thin for it When we were at the Niagara Falls we saw and heard a good deal and I will tell you
something about it you know that Mary said that the locomotive made a terrible fizzing well the falls make a terrible splash- ing the water in our lake would not last it half a second when Dan & I first saw them their enormous magnitude & grand- eur so stunned & overwhelmed us that we could not realize anything but when we had
retired to the hills and returned several times we began more and more to see & feel that we indeed stood before the great Niagara the grandest sight in all the world Just in sight far away up is the calm blue Lake Erie farther down the waters become troubled and as they approach
Original letter dimensions: 05.0 x 06.5 cm
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Annie L. Muir, 1864 Oct 23" (1864). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1163.
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