John Muir


John Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


Yosemite Valley September 27th 72

Dear Mother, I am just arrived from a long excursion up the great Tuolumne Canon above Hetch Hetchy Valley I did not complete my proposed work there, so I set out again tomorrow for two weeks more. I am measuring mtns & canons with particular reference to mtn structure in connection with ice action, also sketching waterfalls, special rockforms etc. I have just received a letter from Prof' Agassiz written by his wife He regrets his inabiblity to visit Yosemite & ramble

with me among the old glacier works & ways. I could have enjoyed a visit with him in San Francisco but I could not spare the time, He may come another year. I am able to do a great deal of very hard mountain exploration, & someday will if I like tell you how mountains & river Canons & lake basins & meadows are made My life work is now before me plain enough, & it is full of hard labor & abundant in all kinds of pure reward Nature-God asks much

& gives much & if we only are pure in heart we will see him in all times, & in all lands. I will write you again when I return In the meantime, once more Farewell, with love to all Ever affectionately yrs John Muir


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Sep 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0921

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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