John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


[Letterhead:] Pen Sentinel Hotel, A. C. BLACK, Proprietor.

Yo Semite Valley, May 31 1872

Dear Mrs Carr. Yours announcing the Joaquin & the Doggetts & more is here I care not when you come so that you come calm & timeful. I will try to compel myself down to you in August but these years & ages among snows & rocks have made me far more unfit for the usages of civilization than you can appreciate. My serve strings shrunk at the prospect even at this distance, But if by driving to that slimey town sea bottom I can touch Huxley & Tyndall & mount again with you to calm months in the Sierras I will draw a long breath & splash into your fearful muds I would rather have you in Sep & Oct than at any other time but a few weeks of this white water would be very glorious. Merrill Moores who was with me in Wis and at your Madison home will be here soon to spend a good big block of a while with me, why cant you let Allie join him?

[in margin: Tell Kellogg that there is [one?] here who will be ready to welcome him in all kinds of times & weathers, When he comes here, he will come to his own, "His are the mtns & the valleys his"]

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For the last week our valley has been a lake & my shanty is in flood But the walls about us are white this morning with snow wh has checked the free life of our torrents & the meadows will soon be walkable again. The snow fell last night & this morning The falls will sing loud & long this year the mountains are fat with thick snow that the sun will find hard to fry Your other letter telling of John & sheep came a few days ago You ought not to [illegible] gray yourself away among these ghaunt & morbid philanthropus, [Illegible] of [illegible] [illegible] house with unnearied kindness [illegible] [illegible] You most know her better When you come [illegible] [illegible] . The Doctor is killing himself with overwork, tell him to run away

A month here would be no loss to any of his works
Ever yrs John Muir


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 May 31


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0829

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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