John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr



Among the hills of Bear Creek [Wis,?] S.E. of Burkesville Kentucky Sept. 9th

Dear friend Mrs Carr

I left Ind' last Monday & have reached this point by a long weary [illegible] walk. I walked from Louisville a distance of 170 ms & my feet are sore but O I am paid for all my toil a thousand times over The sun has been among the tree tops for more than an hour & the dew is nearly all taken back & the shade in these hill basins is creeping away into the unbroken strongholds of the grand old forests I have enjoyed the trees & scenery of Kentucky exceedingly How shall I ever tell of the miles & miles of beauty that has been flowing into me such [illegible] [illegible] these lofty curving ranks of lobing swelling hills - These consealed valleys of [illegible] [illegible] & these lordly trees with the nursing sunlight glancing in their leaves upon the outlines of the magnificent masses of shade em- bosomed among their wide branches These are cut into my memory to go with me forever I often though as I went along how

dearly Mrs Carr would appreciate all this I have thought of many things I wished to ask you about when with you I hope to see you all again sometime When my tongue & memory are [in?] better order I have much to ask the Doctor about the geology of K'[illegible] I have seen many cases, [illegible] among the rest I found two [new?] ferns at the last I am in haste my love to Allie & all, very cordially yours John Muir

I am in the woods on a hill tip with my back against a moss clad log I wish you could see my

last evenings bedroom My route will be through Kingston & Madisonvile Tenn' & through Blairs- ville & Gamsville Georgia Please write me at Gamsville I am terrible letter hungry I hardly dare to think of home & friends It was a few miles South of Louisville where I planned my journey I spread out my map under a tree & made up my mind to go through Kg, Tenn' & ga', to Florida, thence to C[illegible], thense to some part of S America but it will be only a hasty walk I am thankful however for so much I will be glad to receive any advice from you. I am very ignorant of all things pertain- ing to this journey

Again farewell

J Muir

My love to the Butlers I am sorry I could not see J[illegible]' Spooner before leaving Mad


Burkesville, Kentucky

Circa Date

[1867] Sep 9


Original letter dimensions: 39.5 x 16.0 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 1136

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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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