John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr




glorious. I got back from Whitney this P M. How I shall sleep, my life rose, wave like, with those lofty granite waves now it may wearily flat [in margin: float] for a time along the smooth flowery plains. Love to all my friends Ever cordially yrs John Muir ————

[in margin: It seems that this new Fishermans Pk is causing some stir in the newspapers If I feel writeful I will send you a sketch of the region for the Overland]


#46. Independence Oct [underlined: 16]th 1873 ———————————

Dear Mrs Carr.

All of my seasons Mountain work is done. I have just come down from Mt Whitney & the newly discovered Mtn five miles N.W. of Whitney, & now our journey is a simple saunter along the base of the range to Tahoe where we will arrive about the end of the month or a few days earlier. I have seen a good deal more of the high Mtn region about the head of Kings & Kern Rivers than I expected to do in so short & so late a time Two weeks ago I left the Doctor & Billie in the Kings River Yosemite & set out for


Mt Tyndall & adjacent mtns & Canons. I ascended Tyndall & ran down into the Kern R Canon & climbed some name- less mtns between Tyndall & Whitney & thus gained a pretty good general idea of the region After crossing the range by the Kearsage pass I again left the Doc’ & Bill, & pushed southward along the range & W’ward & up Cottonwood Crk to Mt Whitney then over to the Kern Canons again & up to the new “[underlined: highest”] peak wh I did not ascend as their was no one to attend to my horse; Thus you see I have rambled this highest portion of the Sierra pretty thouroughly though hastily I spent a night without fire or food in a very icy wind storm on one of the spires of the


new highest peak by some called Fishermans Peak That I am already quite recovered from the tremendous exposure proves that I cannot be killed in any such manner on the day previous I climbed two mtns – making over 10,000 ft of altitude. I saw no mtns in all this grand region that appeared at all inaccessible to a mountaineer, give me a summer & a bunch of matches & a sack of meal & I will climb every mtn in the region I have passed through Lone Pine & noted the Yosemite & local subsidences accom- plished by the earthquakes The bunchy bushy composital of Owens Valley is intensely



Date Original

1873 Oct 16


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1199

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