John Muir


John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


Yosemite Valley Nov 14th 1873

Dear Sister Sarah Have just got down the mtn side from my long trip & find a large pile of letters One from you with Annas photo’ It is very good indeed, she is developing splendidly & you say “yet another Galloway” What a thicket of underbrush is growing up around you How truly rich you & David are in all that is worth having children love & land, Tell David not to work too hard, one gets into the habit of it & soon comes to believe that everlasting high pressure labor is absolutely necessary. If we could accomplish ten times as much we would still be apt to work at the top of our bent driven by the same species of necessity. Be economical & learn to do without things & gain leisure to look up. There is a sermon for you. I have traveled over a thousand miles in this last excursion climbed more mtns than I hoped to climb Have had a very instructive trip in every way Reached the highest Mtn top in the range, perhaps the highest in North America 14900 feet

If I could be near you I could tell you many a story of trial & enjoyment connected with this one grand ramble. Will sometime, am always glad to hear any word from Mrs Galloway give her my heartiest regards I am glad to be remember by her I am glad Maggie is so well It is a very great blessing for so many of you to be together than you know Make the most of each others love wh is the only true wealth

I suppose I must go into society this winter. I would rather go back in some undiscoverable corner beneath the rafters of an old ga[illegible] with my notes & books & listen to the winter rapping & blowing on the roof. May start for Oakland in a day or two, will probably live in Prof Carrs family Heaven bless you & David & all the dear little ones. Ever lovingly John Muir ———



Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1873 Nov 14


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1223

Collection Identifier

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

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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



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