John Muir


[John Muir]


S[arah Muir Galloway]


the eagle strikes them down with his pinion This Hollow is one of the must beautiful places of my range which is about 10 S miles It is surrounded by 20 hills, & "there simmer first unfaulds her robes" but alas how little a letter contains

please write soon

00488 North end of [Twenty-Hill-Hollow?] Feb 27

Dear Sis. S.

The time goes swiftly by & I have not heard from you since the last time, never- theless I write yet again. I was sitting upon one of the dome hills at the south end of this hollow a few hours ago looking at my sheep that were feeding over the creek below me, when I was startled

by a sudden swish & the hasty troubled outory of my dog who was at my side, our fright was caused by a grey eagle that dwells here. I suppose it mistook Fannie for a long eared hare, as she lay partly concealed by the brow of hill. The hare is beautiful animal & exceedingly swift. no

dog can compel them to enter a hole but as soon as they hear the beat of the eagles wing they dash for the nearest burrow for life. I have seen an eagle standing within four feet of a hare watching it at the mouth of its burrow like a cat watching a mouse. The hare looking full in the eagles face calm in his safety

for this glorious day is done I read a paper from Dave & two from mother But alas once more my sheet if full

00489 Cascade Creek Feb 27 69

Dear Sis Sarah, Im with you once again near one of the loveliest leaping singing streams that ever sparkled on these plains The slant rays of the sun are

purpling the mountains & the banks & cross vallies or Rock river are in deep shadow, this is a land of banks & braes & oh how grandly they are lighted

In no one thing does California differ from Wis in natural beauty than in the color & quality of her light I must gather & corral my sheep


North end of Twenty-Hill-Hollow


Original letter dimensions: 3 x 23 cm.

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