John Muir


John Muir


S[arah Muir Galloway]


anchored in the soul among all the tides & currents of life, & linked for our enjoy- ment with others so widely separated- But goodbye I must not bore your with too long a letter. Alas how little a letter contains.

[in margin: I forgot to take paper to the field & did not wish to lose the moment of inspiration]

Please write soon Cordially J Muir


East bank of Lily Valley Feb 27th 69 ----------------

Dear sister S.

I thought I was free from all epistalory obligation, but along comes your November dare speaking of long silence though I lately mailed an office full of letters but never mind – My sheep are lying down & with my pencil & newspaper scraps I

will soon satisfy your letter appetite - This is a bright warm cloudless day - Nature is in deep close green again & about twenty of her spring flowers are enjoying perfect life in the sweet nursing sunshine - the banks of the valley before me are peopled with countless multitudes of lilies, so it called Lily Valley, I gathered a little coiled boragewort

a few minutes ago whose sweet fragrance stirred the long silent memories of summer in our old Dunbar garden. It must have something in common with the pansies & dusty millers of our little plots. Strange is it not that as gentle & unmaterial a thing as the fragrance of a flower should live with memory so bright & fresh from youth to age safely


East bank of Lily Valley


Original letter dimensions: 3.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0033

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