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.
1899 Jul 8
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Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Wanda, Helen [Louie], 1899 Jul 8." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2421.
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