John Muir


John Muir


[William] Keith


Yosemite Valley Dec 17th, [71?] [72]

My dear Keith

I hope that you still hunger & thirst for the beauty wh is here, that the landscapes you beheld from our clean mountain windows have not become dim. Human souls are possess ed of wonderful vitality else they would die in the fearful choke damps of towns. I had to make two journeys to the upper temples ere I could rid myself of the fearful smokes & smells of your sunken region The sky of our [illegible]

is still blue & lighted with cloudless sunshine One could go in perfect safety to the very summits of the range. Mr MacAuley is now at Heneseys, 10 [00?] (2 miles down the river from here where he intends to winter, at least so I am told. I suppose his address is Hites Cove Richard Whorton will be able to give you information concerning the state of the trials & procuring of Indians to pack in case you should fail in hearing from McAuley. His address is Hites Cove, also Mariposa Co ____________

I shall hope to see you soon & that you will remain long enough in

our Spiritual baths to find the beauty & love that your soul is seeking Remember me to your wife & to Ross & Irwin & Chas Warren & Watkins. -

If it is not too much trouble I wish you would send one of those photographs of mine at Rulofsons to the following address

David G Muir Portage City Wisconsin ___________

Farewell, I am ever your friend John Muir


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Dec 19


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1017

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