John Muir


[John Muir]


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]


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Yosemite Valley July 16th 1884 My Dear Wanda, Papa & Mamma are coming home to baby tomorrow & Mamma & papa have been glad all the time when Grandpa wrote a letter & baby wrote a letter that said "baby is well & good & does not cry at all" After Paper wrote the other letter to baby Mamma & Papa climbed up a high mount= =ain & Mamma got tired & so papa walked behind & pushed mamma with a long stick this way & the stock soon began to hurt Mamma's back & then Mamma was too warm & so she took off some of her clothes & papa tied a skirt [shirt?] on the end of the stick &

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Wanda Muir Martinez Cal.



2 then it did not hurt any more. And when we were about half way up the mountain a man came up behind us with a horse & he said How Do you do Mr Muit & I said "pretty well" this lady is Mrs. Muir Mr. McAuley" & then he jumped down off his horse & said to Mamma "Please get on my horse Mrs. Muir" & there was a big mans saddle on the horse & some big bags that are called saddlebags & some meal & things in the bags but Mamma got on the top of all & she looked very funny when she rode away up the mountain with the man behind with a stick shipping the horse to make him go fast

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and when we went to the top of the mountain we were hungry & the man gave us a good dinner & we looked off the top of the mountain & saw many beautiful waterfalls & trees & snow & rocks. & then we climbed up the side of another mountain & when we were climbing up papa saw the marks of a bears foot & then Mamma was afraid but papa said the bear is only looking for berries & will not bite. I then we told the man about the bear & the man said that an Indian saw the bear about half an hour before. & Mamma was afraid when she was picking flowers for baby. & papa has many stories to tell baby & he & Mamma ar coming home tomorrow


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1884 Jul 16


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0109

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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

Copyright Date



4 pages


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



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