John Muir


[John Muir]


[Helen Muir ?]



sounded dreadful & then they came down towards me & howled & howled, & I finished breakfast & left that mountain & now I call that mountain Wolf Mountain. And I climbed another mountain & a beautiful bird like a hen only far prettier called a ptarmigan let me close up to it & was not afraid, & I saw its beautiful gentle eyes & its pretty feathers & its feet with feathers down to its toes to keep them warm in the snow in winter & the ground in some places was just covered with flowers like a fine garden & I saw a hummingbird & I wondered how the little fellow found his way over the ice so far to these flowers. I will be glad to get home so that I can see my little girls & now here is a picture of my sled for I think you never saw a sled. It has no wheels like wagons or buggies but just slides. It was just wonderful how it could [jump?] over rough places if you pulled it hard.
When I [come?] I will tell you many fine long good stories about things write me another


[in margin: letter & your loving Papa will be glad]



Circa Date

[1890 Aug]


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0629

Collection Identifier

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

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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

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



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