John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


Grand Hotel S.F.

July 11, 1889

Dear Louie, I was very glad to get your letter today for somehow I was getting anxious about your all as if instead of a week I had been gone a year & had nothing but lonesome silence all the time. You must see surely that I am getting literary for I have just finished writeing for the day & it is half past 12. Last eve went to bed at this time & got up at 6 & have written 20 pages today & feel proud that now I begin to see the end of this article that has so long been a black growling cloud in my sky. Some of the 20 pages was pretty good to I think. I'll copy a



little of it & let you judge - Of course you say "go to bed," well never mind a little writing more or less for I'm literary now & the fountains flow - speaking of climate here I say "The Sound region has a fine fresh clean climate well washed both winter & summer with copious rains, & swept with winds & clouds from the mountains & the sea. Every hidden nook in the depths of the woods is searched & refreshed leaving no stagnant air. Beaver - meadows lake basins & low willowy bogs all are kept wholesome & sweet etc." (Again) "The outer sea margin is sublimely drenched & dashed



with ocean brine, the spice of scent sweeping far inland in times of storm over the bending woods, the giant trees waving & chanting in hearty accord as if surely enjoying it all". Here's another bit- "The most charming days here are days of perfect calm when all the winds are holding their breath, & not a leaf stirs. Then the surface of the sound shines like a silver mirror over all its vast extent reflecting its lovely islands & shores, & long sheets of spangles flash & dance in the wake of every swimming sea-bird & boat, while the sun



Grand Hotel, S[an] F[rancisco], [Calif]

Date Original

1889 Jul 11


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0143

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