John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


S F Aug. 26, 1887:Dear Louie I will be up Sunday morning on the 8 o'clock train I have been making very slow progress, & now that I have just got fairly under way on the long Yosemite Article I want to stay as long as possible.I ordered a cook or [choc?] man through the Sing Ju employment office. but am afriad he has not appeared. Any how watch little Helen [illegible].Tell Wanda Ill bring her seomthing & that I hope she is taking good care of Helen & learning something everyday.The weather here is very raw & cold _ & my neck is stiff.Hope all goes well on the ranch Tell Harry to use wine-grape boxes when the others are down for pears

[in margin: [stricken words] that I cannot go to Springfieldwith love to all John Muir]color from the blue & white violets among the grass on the meadows to the crimson pillars of the snowflower amont the brown needles beneath the firs, ferns & mosses in a thousand moist nooks among the rocks humming-birds among the flowers small zingers among the underbrush & wide-winged hawks & eagles floating between the mighty walls; beautiful life & light in every form types of stern enduring strength & things frail & fleeting meeting together. as if into this grand mountain mansion nature had gathered her choicest treasures whether great or small


S[an] F[rancisco] [Calif]

Date Original

1887 Aug 26


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0862

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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2 pages


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



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