John Muir


[John Muir]


[Merrills and Moores]


[Original Letter returned to Miss Merrill] [Indianapolis, March [1 10] 4 (6?), 1867] Friends, I have lost an eye. Yesterday in connecting a machine belt I thrust a pointed file through the outer membrane and as I received the liquid of the first bruise upon my fingers felt that not a single flower, no more of lovely scenery, not any more of beauty would ever pass the portal of my right eye. It is lost. For weeks I have daily [studied] maps in locating a route through the southern states, the West Indies, South America, and Europe –a botanical journey studied for years, and so my mind has long been in a glow with visions of the glories of a tropical flora, but, alas, I am half blind. My right eye, trained to minute analysis is lost, and I have scarce heart to open the other. Had this journey been accomplished the stock of varied beauty acquired would have made me willing to have shrunk away into any .corner of the world, however obscure and however remote. I am weary and nervous with pain and sorrow and confinement. [John Muir] [Above letter addressed "Friends'' is to the Merrills and Moores]


[Indianapolis, Ind.]

Circa Date

[1867 Mar 4]


Original letter dimensions: 33.0 x 21.5 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0936

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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