John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



be effected by this poison of the old [pond?], she is so delicate I feel very uneasy about her though I know well that you all are alive to the danger

Tell Wanda & Helen that I will write them a letter & send them some Tacoma flowers & tell some Tacoma stories after I get back from this excursion

Love to you & hrs to all from John Muir.


[Yelen Prarie?] Aug. 9th 1888.

Dear Louie. After writing you from Seattle I received your first letter & was much comforted. The one you send to Victoria I will have forward -ed. Owing to change of plans we will be in Seattle once more if all goes well in about two weeks & you may write me there Care of J. B. Metcalf. Office Attorney General.

We arrived here yesterday morning & now at 6 o'clock breatfast over & everything packed we are waiting that coming of the horses we hired to carry baggage This is a beautiful dry gravelly


opening in the forest park-like & flowery & with the noble Tacoma looming to an immense height in the sunshine. The weather for weeks has been wet & gloomy but yesterday was clear & perfectly divine in every way. & we had but little to do all day besides gazing at the glorious mountain watching teh shifting lights on the huge snow dome & the long rugged cascading glaciers all seemed clear as a map & even the crevaces of the glaciers were visible though distant 50 miles We are looking on the west side from here & the crags & glaciers though glorious in color & mass & architecture seem frightfully savage & forbidding. The ascent from


this side seems hopeless but accessible ways occur on the opposite side.

Most of the party intend making the ascent should the weather permit. Mr. Ingraham a relative of the Carrs in Seattle friends of Emily Pelton is leader of the party & is a good one. The others are lawyers etc. Young Stout & jolly, good cooks foragers & thieves when orchards may be found. The cooking is really good & everything of course seems rosey

I am glad to hear that Anna has at length set off over her travels homeward & that before going she saw Monterey & feels gay in consequence I hope the baby will not


Yelm Prarie, [Washington Territory]

Date Original

1888 Aug 9


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 1122

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