John Muir


John Muir


[J. B.] Mc Chesney


[Original letter returned to Mrs. McChesney].

Yosemite, Sep. 8th, [1871].

Dear McChesney:

I am glad to know that your vacations allow you so good a season among the powers of Nature in the mountains or golden plains or by the great sea.
I wish I could get away from the rocks, but my work among them is not done, and I must yet brood and drift among the throbbing waves of granite. There is but little difference between sea and land,hills and waves,-hills of solid land rise and fall in geologic seconds,those of water live and die in seconds which are measurable by mortals.
I have been twice up in the summits and tomorrow I start again to study the writings of the ancient ice.
I have been waiting for Brewer's Botany of this coast, but it does not appear, and I send you a few more plants that I am anxious to have named.

Very cordially yours,

John Muir.

Remember me to the Misses Brigham,- tell them that I wish that they could bear me company in the upper mountains during the next month.I will be alone.

["John Muir, Sept.1871" written on back of letter. This supplied date seems correct].




Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0519

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