John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


[1] [1873]

Camp in dear bonnie grove where the pines meet the foot-hill oaks. about 8 or 10 miles S E from the confluence of the N Fork of Kings River with the trunk Oct 2d ? ——————————————

Dear Mrs Carr, After Clarks departure a week ago we climbed the divide between the S Fork of the San Joaquin & Kings R’ I scanned the vast landscape on wh the ice had written wondrous things. After a short scientific feast I decided to attempt entering the valley of the West branch of the N Fork wh we did following the bottom of the Valley for about 10 miles then was compelled to ascend the W side of the Can into the forest – About 6 ms’ farther down we made out to reenter the Can. where there is a Yosemite Val’, & by hard efforts succeeded in getting out on the opposite side & reaching the divide between the N Fork & the Middle Fork. We then followed the top of the divide nearly to the confluence of the N Fork with the trunk & crossed the main river yesterday & are now in the pines again over all the wildest & most impractical portions of our journey In descending the divide to the main K.’ River we made a descent of near 7000 ft, down [illegible] down with avengeance, to the hot pineless foothills, we rose again & it was a most grateful resurrection. Last night I watched the writing of the sperey pines on the sky gray with stars & if you


had been here I would have said, Look etc Last eve’ when the Dr & I were bed building discussing as usual the goodnesses & badnesses of boaghy mtn’ beds we were astonished by the appearance of two prospectors coming thro the mtn rye. By them I send this note — Today we will reach some of the Sequoias near Thomas’ Mill (side map of geological survey) & in two or three days more will be in the Canon of the South Fork of Kings Riv’ If the weather appears tranquil when we reach the Summit of the range I may set out among the glaciers for a few days but if otherwise I shall push hastily for the Owens River plains, & thence up to Tahoe etc,. I am working hard & shall not feel easy untill I am on the other side beyond the reach of early snowstorms. Not that I fear snowstorms for myself, but the poor animals would die or suffer - - The Doctors duster & flynet are safe & therefore [underlined: he], Bill is in good spirits apt to teach drawing in &out of season Remember me to the Dr & the boys & Moores & Keith etc. Ever yrs truly John Muir —————


…8 or 10 miles SEfrom…the N Fork of Kings River


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39.5 cm.

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