John Muir


John Muir


[J. B.] Mc Chesney


[Original letter returned to Mrs. J. B. McChesney]

To J. B. McChesney

Yosemite Valley,
Dec. 20th, 1872.

My dear McChesney:

Among all the souls which shine upon my eye up from that dim and distant Oakland none is of purer ray than your own, and living or dying, in this land or in that, I shall never cease to thank God for friends like you.
My excursion down into that befogged jungle of human plants in which you manage to live and love forms a far more notable chapter in my personal history than any of you can comprehend, and now that I am warm again, safe nestled in mountain ether, I seem to have returned to life from a strange and half-remembered death.
Here many a thought comes crowding to my page, but I must hush them back, for they would overcrowd a thousand letters. So drawing a long sigh I must content myself with saying'Thank you. for all your kindness, and leave you to eat the good brown bread of your little hills,and whatsoever of God you can find there)until your angel shall again guide you to the clean fountains of the Sierras.
Remember me to all your family and to Kelsey and any of my friends you chance to see. Miss Brigham, Sill, and all the rest. Kiss your Alioe some extra times for me. She is the sweetest flake of childhood I found in all your town, and she comes back to me in form and voice and in touch too, with most living vividness.

Farewell. I am,

Ever your friend,

John Muir


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Dec 20


Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1025

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