John Muir


John Muir


David G[ilrye Muir]


[1872] Yosemite Valley Feb 20th

Dear brother David, G, How are you living I have not heard from you all winter We have been pretty closely blockaded with snow & I learn that the Cars have ceased running on the transcontinental R. R.. Although well snowbound we have had a pretty mild winter & spring is already near. the willows are putting forth their catkins & the alders by the river bank are tasseled with ripe Aments Frogs sing lustily in the shallows of the meadow & Blue birds & Robins & thrushes sing also but we will have many a snowy day before summer is fairly established. We had a grand flood in Dec when 100 falls averaging near 2500 feet in height sang together Think of that I wrote a description of it wh may appear in some of the magazines therefore I will not attempt a second description here Did my Glacier Article in the N.Y. Tribune of Dec 9th make you any wiser. I have written a few other light articles for the Tribune but I hardly think that any of them have been able to pass the snowed mountains. I will be busy as soon as the snow leaves our surrounding Mtn''s measuring heights & depts. sketching describing etc for my "Glaciers"

send my kindest regards to Katie & your younglings & to Maggie & John Reid If you can obtain a few copies of those articles of mine I wish you would clip them out & send them in a letter to me Let me hear from you soon I am every yours, John

Yosemite No date



Yosemite Valley

Circa Date

[1872] Feb 20


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0701

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

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



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