John Muir


John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


#56 Yosemite Valley Feb 13 / 72 ------

Dear friend Mrs Carr,

Your latest letter is dated Dec 31st. I see that some of our letters are missing. I rec'd the box & ate the berries & Liebys extractum long ago & told you all about it but Mrs Yelverstons book & magazine articles I have not yet seen perhaps it may come next mail. How did you send them. I sympathize with your face & your great sorrows but you will bathe in the fountain light & life & love of our mountains & be healed & here I wish to say that when you & [Al'?] & the Doctor come I wish to be completely free. Therefore let me know that you will certainly come & when. I will gladly cut off a slice of my seasons time however thick, the thicker the better, & lay it aside for you. I am in the habit of asking so many to come come come to the mountain baptisms that there is danger of having others on my hands when you come wh must not be, I will mark off one or two or three months of bare dutiless time for our blessed selves or the few good & loyal ones that you may choose therefore at the expense even of breaking a dozen of civilizations laws & fences, I want you to come. For the High Sierra the months of July Aug' & Sept" are best --- As for your Asiatic sayings, I would gladly creep into the vale of Cashmere or any other grove upon our blessed star. I feel my poverty in general knowledge & will travel some day

You need not think that I feel Yosemite to be all in all, but more of this when you come. I am going to send you with this a few facts & thoughts that I gathered concerning 20 Hill Hollow wh I want to publish if you think you can med them & make them into a lawful article fit for outsiders Plant gold is fading from Cal' faster than did her [illegible]aser gold, & I wanted to save the memory of that wh is laid upon Twenty Hills. Also I will now send some thoughts that happened to get for poor presented twice damned Coyote. If you think any body will believe them, have them published. Last mail I sent you some manuscript about bears & storms wh you will believe if no one else will. An account of one of my preliminary rambles among the glacier beds was published in the daily Tribune of New York Dec' 9th. Have you seen it If you have call old Mr Stebbins attention to it. He will read with pleasure,Where is the old friend. I have not heard from for a long time Remember me to the Doctor & the boys & all my friends Yours etc John Muir



Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Feb 13


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0685

Collection Identifier

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

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2 pages


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



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