John Muir


John Muir


[James] Cross


[Letterhead on paper:] Pen Sentinel Hotel, A. C. BLACK, Proprietor. Yo Semite Valley, April 25th, 1872Dear Cross, Your of March reached me this morning. I am heartily glad to hear from you. I wish you were here tonight. The snow is very deep on the mtns & a few warm days & nights have fed many a lungful stream wh are now gathered into the grand har- mony of the falls of Yosemite the great. They are rapidly increasing in power. I was up in the moonshine last Sunday to see the lunar bows. They are indescribably grand. Last December we had a fre[illegible] & all the old falls glowed & sang together with more than a hundred newborn ones children of the storm forming a congregation of blooming vocal waters excelling all water harmonies & fall & cascade jubilees in the world. I wrote an account of this winter flood wh was published in the April No of the Overland monthly. I wish I could procure you a copy but I suppose you may find it in London Also I have written a half dozen letters

& articles for the N York Tribune. but I have not yet seen them as we have been pretty closely blocaded by snow. Spring travel is just commencing. The meadows are green & patched with violets. The Manzanitas are in bloom [of?] purple bells I will enclose a few [flrs?] Maxwells address is University Club Edinburgh. Mt Hoffman is according to Whitney 10.872 ft above level of sea. Reilly will soon be here & I will attend to your pictures. I remember Cremer very well & am sorry that I did not see more of him. Please give him my regards when you next meet him. I should like to see those gray & reverend institutions of England, perhaps I may. I am building a cabin for my indepen- self in a clump of carnus bushes by the river bend but will be at "Blacks" this summer. I have left Lord Hutchings. I would like your comp in my walks, hitherto I have been alone. I hope to see your Lyndall this year Who is one of the very greatest of Englishmen, So is Huxley. The Scientific Association will meet at San Fran in Aug" this yr. I hope to see you again Farewell, Cordially yrs John Muir #7332 00211


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Apr 25


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0787

Collection Identifier

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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