John Muir


John Muir


[Sarah Muir Galloway]


demoralized" & are not the work of either god or man. I mean to herd here about two weeks longer. But Alas how little a letter contains after all. Write soon Cordially John Muir00491 West Bank of Castle creek Feb 27DSS The time grows longer & longer since I heard from you. My sheep stole a march while I was compiling the long pages of 20 hill hollow & now here they are "ower the hills & far away" to the peebly banks of castle creek, so called from

a lonely rock standing in the centre of a valley there the streams takes its rise. At a distance this rock looks like an old castle Sheep herding has been extolled by philosophers & poets, but I think that both philosophy & poetry are dimly seen in the business if seen at all.Milton bewailed his inability to see "flocks & herds" but I don't care of I should never see any more of these dirty mongrel mutton assemblies The native mountain sheep is a happy animal & handsome as a deer but these misshapen mixed "improved" creatures are "fearfully


West Bank of Castle Creek

Circa Date

[1869] Feb 27


Original letter dimensions: 3 x 22.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0049

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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