John Muir


[John Muir]


Wanda, Helen [Louie]


To Wanda Muir

Unalaska, July 8, 1899

My dear Wanda and Helen and Mama:

We arrived here this cloudy, rainy, foggy morning after a glorious sail from Sand Harbor on Unga Island, one of the Shumagin group, all the way along the volcano-dotted coast of the Alaska Peninsula and Unimak Island. The volcanoes are about as thick as haycocks on our alfalfa field in a wet year, and the highest of them are smoking and steaming in grand style, Shishaldin is the handsomest volcanic cone I ever saw and it looked like this last evening. [Drawing], I'll show you a better sketch in my notebook when I get home. About 9,000 ft. high, snow and ice on its slopes, hot and bare at the top. A few miles from Shishaldin that blew or burst its own head off a few years ago, and covered the sea with ashes and cinders and killed fish and raised a tidal wave that lashed the shores of San Francisco and even Martinez.
There is a ship, the Loredo, that is to sail in an hour, so I'm in a hurry, as usual. We are going to the Seal Islands and St. Lawrence Island from here, and a point or two on the Siberian Coast-then home. We are taking on coal, and will leave in three or four hours. I hope fondly that you are all well...[Give my love to Maggie. I hope May's baby is well.] I'll soon be back, my darlings. God bless you.


[John Muir]




Unalaska [Alaska]

Date Original

1899 Jul 8


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0877

Collection Identifier

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

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