John Muir


John Muir


Dan[iel H. Muir]


Cedar Keys Jan 7th 68

Dear Brother Dan

I should have written to you long ago, but what with the ex- citement & inconvencies of travel & my long sickness of two months. I have been hindered from writing almost all together I mean to start for Cuba in two days, & if well enough will proceed to S.' America. I am not very well yet. I was kept down with coast fever & [illegible]. I hope I may be able to complete my journey I had a very happy ramble through the south & have many a story to tell you when we [illegible] meet. I suppose you are now quite strong and are making as many chips as anybody. I hope you will be successful in establish- ing yourself in Mich & in becoming rich enough to marry if not to travel, I wish you were with me, I am sometimes lonely but I dispel my sore thoughts with the hope of seeing the snow capped Andes & the flowers of the equator.

I have already seen a good deal of tropical vegetation. There is no winter here, There are but two seasons 'warm summer, & warmer summer: Flowers go round the whole year without a gap Birds & butterflies flit about in the balmy sunshine untill they die of joy. Peas & beans are in bloom & fruit in the garden, & wild flowers are quite abundant. The climate is delightful, the winter months average in temp' about 70° It seems strange to walk the green fields in January under the balmy summer sky Goodbye Dan I hope to outweather all this sickness & be home in a few months, I remain most affectionately

Your bro' John


Cedar Keys, [Fla.]

Date Original

1868 Jan 7

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Reel 01, Image 1174

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