John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


Hopeton May 20th 69

Dear friend Mrs. Carr, I forgot to state in my last concerning the Yosemite that I did not receive yours untill many days after its arrival, as I was shearing sheep a considerable distance from here in the foothills, & the post master not knowing where I was could not forward it, but I will remain here untill the 1st of June or possibly a few days later, & will receive any letters arriving for me at once either in Snelling or Hopeton. The grove of sequoias is only six miles from the Yosemite trail, about midway between Mariposa & the valley. The trail leading to the grove leaves the Yosen' trail at Ms Clarks, where you can obtain all necessary directions etc. It is not many years since this grove was dis- covered. The Sequoias so often described & so well known throughout the world belong to the Calaveras grove, the Mariposa grove has a much larger number of trees than the Calaveras, & it is in all the majesty & grandeur of nature undisturbed You will likely make the jour- ney from Mariposa to the valley in two days. No member of your company need be afraid of this mountain ride as you will be provided with some footed horses accustomed to the journey & an experienced guide


most persons visiting the Sequoia grove spend only a few hours in it & depart without seeing a single tree, for the chiefest glory of these mount- ain kings are wholly invisible to hasty or careless observers, I hope you may be able to spend a good long time in worship amid the glorious columns of this mountain temple I fancy they are aware of your coming & are waiting I fondly hope that nothing will occur to prevent your coming I will endeavor to reach the valley a day or so before you - The night air of the mountains is very cold You will require plenty of warm blankets I am sorry that the Doctor has been so suddenly smothered up in business - if he & the priest were in the company according to the prophecy our joy would be full I am in a perfect tingle with the mem- ories of a year ago, & with anticipations glowing bright with all that I love

Farewell, John Muir

I received your letter containing the song of Nature by Emerson & derived a great deal of pleasure from it JM



Hopeton [Calif.]

Circa Date

[18]69 May 20


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 19.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0097

Collection Identifier

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

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



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