John Muir


John Muir


[Catharine] Merrill


[Original letter returned to Miss M. Merrill]

Dec. 1st., [1868]

Dear Merrill friends:

Good evening. I am sitting upon a California door-step. I came out to look at the night and happened to think of you. I think of you often, but seldom so vividly as now. I often wonder why I cannot hear from you.

The full moon is a few degrees above the grand Sierra Nevadas and only one small cloud flake is in all the sky. Beautiful night, and something has spoken of Indiana.

A little way out on the plains between the Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers, Dec. 1st.


[Envelope addressed Miss Catherine Merrill, Care Merrill & Co., Indianapolis, Ind.]


[Hopeton, Calif. ?]

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Reel 01, Image 1276

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