John Muir


John Muir


[Daniel Muir, Jr]


way serve yourself & box & send all the rest to Sarah, Care of D G Muir Portage. Do not pay the expressage on anything. &, what expense you are at debt to me or draw on Dave - I do not expect that Mr Suther- land will charge anything for store room. As they told me when I left that they would not be in the way & agreed to keep them for me Mrs S has the key of my trunk

John Muir Yosemite Valley California (Via Coulterville)

I hope that you will never allow yourself to be pinched for money again if I can get any for you. Farewell, I cannot come to you. I am bound to the mountains. but, anear or afar am ever yours in family love John Muir

[1871] Yosemite Nov 1st

Dear Brother M[illegible] I am glad to hear of your successes & comforts present, past, & prospective, but am sorry that you so much need money at a time that I cannot collect any for you. You might have had three or four hundred now if you had let me know sooner. I have written at least three letters to you ere I recd this one relative to the hundred dollar note. I think that you are right about co[illegible]ating. I will now be spending money without making much, as I have commenced the work of making a book for the Boston Academy of Sciences on the Ancient Glacial System of the Merced, wh will occupy my time for several years. Still I will make a few dollars in summer


[in margin: I sleep out weeks alone in the upper mtns among the bears but they manifest no disposition to touch me]

& if you find yourself very needful next year let me know by June or July & I will save a little for you I shall not need marrying money for some years. perhaps not untill I am too old, so when I have any money you are welcome to it. I have not heard from Miss Pelton for a long time but I believe she is somewhere in the northern portion of this state Give my compliments to your love whom I have not yet seen but whom I am sure to like if she is at all worthy of you. I will be much obliged to you for packing & shipping my Indianapolis trunk. You alone are able to handle my models etc. Pack my trunk with my thermometer ([drawing] this one) & [illegible] the clock which I will need

[in margin: We will some day drink champagne over those nights wh we passed in the company of Canada wolves]

in my cabin & wh will cost but little for freight. Also such of my tools as are light & easily packed, & with such of my clothes as are worth sending I left at least one suit of your clothes. My three or four fine shirts keep & wear, as they would be of no use to me, also anything else wh you need or want. Send also my scientific blank books. & dictionary, I do not want that doctor book wh you will find in my trunk, nor any of my school books, Of pictures, send me [illegible] jacket & Fountain lake & Horne & the drawing of my desk. My plants give in charge to Mrs Moores if she has room for them if not box & send to Sarah - You will find Mrs Moores at 145 Merrill St.. Of my few other goods & cha[illegible] take what will in any




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