John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.Carr]



I shall hope to hear from you soon, I will come down some of the valley canons occasionally for letters I am sorry that you are so ladin with University cares I think that you & the Doctor do more than your share Do you know anything about this Liebigs extract of meat I would like to carry a years pro- vision in the form of condensed bread or meat & I have been thinking perhaps all that I want is in the market


[1] [1871]
Yosemite Aug 13th
Dear friend, I was so stunned & dazed by your last that I have not been able to write anything I was sure that you were coming & you cannot come, & Mr King the artist left me the other day, & I am done with Hutchings & I am lonely Well it must be, wait, for although there is no common human reason why I should not see you & civilization in Oakland. I cannot escape from the powers of the mountains I shall tie some flour & a blanket behind my saddle & return to the Mono region & try to decide some questions that require undisturbed thought. Then I will stalk about over the summit slates of Dana & Gibbs & [illegible]ell reading new chapters of glacial manuscript &


more if I can then perhaps I will follow the Tuolumne down to the Hetch Hetctry Yosemite Then perhaps follow every Yosemite stream back to its smallest sources in the mountains of the Lyell group & the Cathedral group & the Obelisk & Mt Hoffman This will perhaps be my work untill the coming of the winter snows when I will probably find a sheltered rock nook where I can make a nest of leaves & mosses & doze until spring. I expect to be entirely alone in these mountain walks & not withstanding the glorious portion of daily bread wh my soul will receive in these fields where only the footprints of God are seen, the gloomin will be very lonely, but I will cheerfully pay [this juice?] of friendship hung- er and all besides


I suppose you have seen Mr King who kindly carried some flies for Mr Edwards. I thought you would easily see him or let him know that you had his specimens I collected most of them upon Mt Hoffman, but was so busy in assisting Reilly that I could not do much in butterflies. Hereafter I shall be entirely free The purples & yellows begin to come in the green of our groves & the rocks have the autumn haze & the water songs are at their lowest hushings, Young birds are big as old ones & it is the time of ripe berries, & is it true that those are Bryants Melancholy days; I dont know; I will not think but I will go above these brooding days to the higher brighter mountains Farewell Cordially ever yrs John Muir




Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.

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


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