John Muir


[John Muir]


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


Yosemite Valley Sep’ 3d 1843

Dear Sister Sarah, I have just returned from the longest & hardest trip I have ever made in the mtns., having been gone over five weeks. I am weary but resting fast, Sleepy but sleeping deep & fast, hungry but eating much – For two weeks I explored the glaciers of the summits east of here, sleeping among the snowy mtns without blankets & with but little to eat on account of its being so inaccess- ible. After my icy experiences it seems strange to be down here in so warm & flowery a climate I will soon be off again determined to use all the season in prosecuting my researches — will go next to Kings river a hundred miles south, then to Lake Tahoe & adjacent mtns. & in winter work in Oakland with my pen


The Scotch are slow but some day I will have the results of my mountain studies in a form in wh you all will be able to read & judge of them. In the mean time I write occaisonally for the Overland Monthly but neither these magazine articles nor my first book will form any finished part of the scientific contribution that I hope to make. Here is clipping that you will like to read please return it when you are done with it The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly. My love to you all, David & the children & Mrs Galloway who though shut out from sunshine yet dwells in Light I will write again when I return from Kings River Canon. The leaf sent me from China is for Cecelia Farewell with love everlasting


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1873 Sep 3


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1175

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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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Muir-Hanna Trust

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