John Muir


[John Muir]


David [Gilrye Muir]


At Pat Delaneys ranch near La Grange [Stanislans Co’ Cala?] Nov’ 15th 69

Dear Bro David

Yours of Oct’ 8th & 21st were rec’d some weeks ago I send here with, a bill of exchange for $.290 instead of $500 as I first proposed because I think from the tenor of your letter that this change will make no mat- erial difference to you. I have about $450 [more?] that I was not using, but I told [illegible] D[illegible] & Thos’ [Eagleson?] in whose hands it now is to retain it a while longer if they wished to do so I start tomorrow for the mount- ains again; Yo Semite via Pino blanco Coulterville & Hardings mill I want to study the [illegible] climate & botany I know that looking from the business standpoint you now occupy you will say that I am silly & i[illegible]dent

& that I value my time at too cheap a rate Well [illegible], I have not time to make a long defense – the winter storms of the Sierra are not easily borne but I am betwitched-enchanted & must go. As to your proposition in regard to my writing for your paper I have not time I wrote a description of Twenty hill hollow which I would send you but I have forgotten where I laid it. I must [also decline?] on the same grounds the offer of [general?] cor- respondence with your [farming?] mill friend on California as a place for [illegible] [illegible] from the other states. I will be happy how- ever to answer any particular enquiries that he may send, to the best of my knowledge San Fran papers may easily be procured & in them he will find much of the kind of knowledge he is in [illegible] of. I will make this one statement

that the people of the Atlantic states generally overestimate the ag- ricultural advantages of California. You see that I have put off my adieu to the golden state. I will not leave the Pacific Coast for five or sid months more – I will receive any letters addressed either to Snellings or Hopeton. In shifting from one pursuit to another I make my home either here or at Thos’ Eaglesons. Tell mother & the girls where I have gone Remember me to your wife & little ones Farewell

Cal 1869 [General]


Near La Grange, Stanislaus Co.,Cala

Date Original

1869 Nov 15


Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 36 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0183

Collection Identifier

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

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3 pages


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



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