John Muir


John Muir


Louie, [Wanda & Helen]


To Mrs. Muir

Off Prince William-Sound,
June 24, 1899

Dear Louie and darlings:

We are just approaching Prince William Sound - the place above all others I have long wished to see. The snow and ice-laden mountains loom grandly in crowded ranks above the dark, heaving sea, and I can already trace the courses of some of the largest of the glaciers. It is two P.M., and in 3or 4 hours we shall be at Orca, near the mouth of the bay, where I will mail this note.
We had a glorious view of the mountains and glaciers in sailing up the coast along the Fairweather Range from Sitka to Yakutat Bay. In Yakutat and Disenchantment Bays we spent 4 days, and I saw their 3 great glaciers discharging bergs and hundreds of others to best advantage. Also the loveliest flower gardens. Here are a few of the most beautiful of the rubuses. This charming plant covers acres like a carpet. One of the islands we landed on, in front of the largest thundering glacier, was so flower-covered that I could smell the fragrance from the boat among the bergs half a mile away.
I'm getting strong fast, and can walk and climb about as well as ever, and eat everything with prodigious appetite.
I hope to have a good view of the grand glaciers here, though some of the party are eager to push on to Cook Inlet. I think I'll have a chance to mail another letter are we leave the Sound.

Love to all,




Off Prince Williams Sound [Alaska]

Date Original

1899 Jun 24


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0851

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