[Jeanne C.] Carr
Lissons Station Dec 9th 1874
Dear Mrs Carr
Coming in for a sleep & rest I was glad to receive your card. I seem to be more than married to Icy Shasta One yellow [ mellow?] morning six days ago when Shastas snows were looming & blooming I stept’ outside the barroom door to gaze, & was instantly drawn up over the meadows, over the forests, to the main Shasta glacier in one rushing [ cosmetic?] whizz then swooping to Shasta Valley whirled off around the base like a satellite of the grand icy Sun. I have just completed my first revolution Length of orbit 100 miles-, Time one Shasta day
For two days & a half I had nothing in the way of food yet suffered nothing & was finely nerved for the most delicate work of mountaineering both among crevasses & lava cliffs. Now I am sleeping & [underlined: eating] I found some geological facts that are perfectly glorious & botanical ones too. I wish I could make the public be kind to Keith & his paint & so you contemplate vines & oranges among the warm California angels, I wish you would all go a granging among oranges & bananas & all such blazing red hot fruits for you are a species of Hindoe sun fruit yourself. For me I like better the huckleberries of cool glacial bogs, & acid currants
& benevolent rosy beaming apples & common Indian summer pump= =kins. I wish you could see the holy morning alpen glaer of Shasta Farewell. Ill be down into gray Oakland some time I am glad you are so essentially independent of those common place plotters that have so marred your peace Eat oranges & hear the larks & wait on the sun Ever Cordially John Muir
Love to all The letter you sent here is also received Emilys I will get bye & bye Love to Color Keith
Sissons Station, [Calif]
1874 Dec 9
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Jeanne C.] Carr, 1874 Dec 9." (1874). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 299.
Reel 03, Image 0227
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