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Oxford. March 1872.
My dear Muir,
You cannot think how pleased I was to get your letter which arrived in England on Feb 17th. It seems to have taken some time as I see that yours was dated Dec 4th. However I suppose, I am thankful to say that Yosemite has not yet been so overrun with tourists as that there should be a railway there & to a regular postal service. The sketch is a most pleasant reminder of that pleasant time we had in the mountains. Oh that it could come over again with all its pleasant & grand scenes. I have still a vivid recollection of the [illegible] rocks & of the "P[illegible] [illegible]" [which deleted] whose branches we so ruthlessly cut down to rest our wearied limbs upon. I should indeed like to see the valley in its winter [illegible] and to spend the lonely days with you in it as nature [illegible] [fraud?] cannot sati[illegible]
fill up the void caused by solitude. I thought I should see Maxwell at San Francisco but I suppose that you acted the [illegible] & [tempted?] him to make a longer stay in the valley. [Cremer?] whom perhaps you remember I have often seen since I had many a pleasant chat with about you. I hope that I shall get another letter from you if so will you tell me Maxwells address as I should like to hear of him again. I have been up at Oxford lately for purposes of reading. It is a grand old place with all its reminiscences of famous men This year is its 1000th [from?] the foundation unless the [illegible] of its being founded by King Alfred be only a pleasing myth. Last year a new cottage was opened to in memory of Keble Ohio "Christian Year" I think you ought be ashamed of yourself having [illegible - whole line] she cramped up in a hotel unless indeed it be only for the winter in which case I think that you have show a certain amount of that article which goes by the name of common sense. I am very glad you
are [now?] able to devote yourself to science which of course is congenial to you Before I was afraid that you
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Cross, James, "Letter from James Cross to John Muir, 1872 Mar ." (1872). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1438.
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