John Muir


John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


Yosemite Valley May 26th 1873

Dear sister Sarah

I have just time to say that I hope you all are happy & that I hope to escape from all these rocks & glaciers in after years so that I may rest amogst you. Yet I love the mountains with a stronger love every year. I have some weeks of difficult work among glaciers that I discovered last year but will not commence it for a month or so until the deepest snow melts. I hope sometime this season to make an excursion along the range north & south to lake Tahoe & to Kings River Canon

Here is a clipping a friend sent from town. You may care to see it. Remember me to David & the children & to Mrs Galloway & all — Pure spiritual mountain light fills our sublime valley, & how keenly I enjoy it. The eyes of Dear Mrs Galloway are filled with a light yet more spiritual that material eye hath not seen I am well with fondest love John Muir —————



Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1873 May 26


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1145

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

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