John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


[Original letter in mounted set of letters to Mrs. Carr, #94].

Yosemite Valley, Oct. 7th, 1874.

Dear Mrs. Carr:

I expected to have been among the foothill drift long ago, but the mountains fairly seized me, and ere I knew I was up the Merced cañon where we were last year, past Shadow and Merced Lakes and our soda springs, etc. I returned last night. Had a glorious storm, and a thousand sacred beauties that seemed yet more and more divine. I camped four nights at Shadow Lake at the old place in the pine thicket. I have ouzel tales to tell. I was alone and during the whole excursion or period, rather, was in a kind of calm incurable ecstasy. I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer.
How glorious my studies seem, and how simple. I found out a noble truth concerning the Merced moraines that escaped me hitherto. Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing. My feet have recovered their cunning. I feel myself again.
Tell Keith the colors are coming to the groves. I leave Yosemite for over the mountains to Mono and Lake Tahoe. Will be in Tahoe in a week, thence, anywhere Shastaward, etc. I think I may be at Brownsville, Yuba Co., where I may get a letter from you. I promised to call on Emily Pelton there. Mrs. Black has fairly mothered me. She will be down in a few weeks. Farewell.

John Muir


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1874 Oct 7


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 22 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0207

Collection Identifier

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

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



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