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

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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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Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. 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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2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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