John Muir


[John Muir]


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


Oakland Jan 16th 1875

My dear Sister Sarah I have just returned from a long train of excursions in the Sierras & find yours & many other letters waiting, all that accumulated for five months I spent my holidays on the Yuba & Feather rivers exploring. I have of course worked hard & enjoyed hard. Ascending Mtns crossing Canons. [ Rambling?] ceaseless =ly over hill & dale plain, & lava bed I thought of you all gathered with your little ones enjoying the sweet & simple pleasures that belong to your lives & loves. I have not yet in all my wanderings found a single person so free as myself. Yet I am bound by my studies & the laws of my own life. At times I feel as if driven with whips, & ridden upon, when in the


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woods I sit at times for hours watching birds or squirrels or looking down into the faces of flowers without suffering any feeling of haste Yet I am swept onward in a general current that bears on irresistibly When therefore I shall be allowed to float homeward I [underlined: dinna dinna] k[illegible] but I hope, The world as well as the M’tn’s is good to me & my studies flow on in a wider & wider current by the incoming of many a noble tributary. Probably if I were living amongst you all you would follow me in my scientific work but as it is you will do so imperfectly However when I visit you will all have to submit to numerous lectures. You enquire about Merrill. he is attending the North Western University in Indianapolis, I was so fortunate a week ago as to meet a lady from Indianapolis intimately acquainted with the Merrill family & I enjoyed a two days conversation with her

[in margin: Give my love to David & to Mrs. Galloway & all your little ones & rememember as ever lovingly your brother John [— Muir]]


Oakland [Calif.]

Date Original

1875 Jan 16


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 17 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0261

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