[Original letter returned to Miss M. Merrill]
Dec. 1st., 
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. ?]
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Catharine Merrill, 1868 Dec 1" (1868). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1286.
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