John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr



Evening Bulletin. Wh I suppose you have seen I wonder how you all are faring in your wildernesses educational departmental institutional etc write me a line here in care of Sisson I thin it will reach me on my return from Icy Shasta

Farewell Ever Cordially Yrs John Muir

Love to all Keith & the boys & McChesneys & etc. ————————

Dont forward any letters from the Oakland Office I want only mountains until my return to civil’


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Sissons Station Nov’ 1st 1874

Dear Mrs Carr. Here is icy Shasta fifteen miles away yet at the very door. It is all close wrapt in clean young snow down to the very [ base?] [illegible] Mass of white from the dense black forests girdle at an elevation of five or Six thousand feet to the very summit The extent of its individuality is perfectly wonderful. When I first caught sight of it over the braided folds of the Sacramento Valley I was fifty miles away & afoot alone & weary yet all my blood turned to wine

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& I have not been weary since Stone was to have accompanied me but has failed of course. The last storm was severe & all the mountaineers shake their heads, & say im- possible etc but you know that I will meet all its icy snows lovingly I set out out in a few minutes for the edge of the timberline then upwards if unstormy in the early morning. If the snow proves to be nealy & loose it is barely possible that I may be unable to urge my way through so many upward miles as there is no intermediate company ground. Yet I am feverless & strong now & can


spend two days with their inter= =mediate night in one deliberate unstrained effort — I am the more eager to ascend to study the mechanical con= =ditions of the fresh snow at so great an elevation. Also to obtain clear views of the comparative quantities of lava denndation north= ward & southward. Also general views of the [deleted: Ancient] Channels of the ancient Shasta glacirs etc Many other lesser problems besides. The fountains of the rivers here. & the living gls I would like to remain a week or two. & may have to return next year in summer I wrote a short letter a few days ago wh’ was printed in the


Sissons Station, [Calif]

Date Original

1874 Nov 1


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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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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