John Muir


[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


[Original letter in mounted set of letters to Mrs. Carr: #23]

To Mrs. Ezra S. Carr
Brownsville, Yuba Co.,
Jan. 19th, 1875.

My dear Mrs. Mother Carr:

Here are some of the dearest and bonniest of our Father's bairns - the little ones that so few care to see. I never saw such enthusiasm in the care and breeding of mosses as Nature manifests among these northern Sierras. I have studied a big fruitful week among the cañons and ridges of the Feather and another among the Yuba rivers, living and dead.
I have seen a dead river - a sight worth going round the world to see. The dead rivers and dead gravels wherein lies the gold form magnificent problems, and I feel wild and unmanageable with the intense interest they excite, but I wi11 choke myself off and finish my glacial work and that little book of studies. I have been spending a few fine social days with Emily [Pe1ton], but now work.
How gloriously it storms. The pines are in ecstasy, and I feel it and must go out to them. I must borrow a big coat and mingle in the storm and make some studies. Farewell. Love to all.


P.S. How are Ned and Keith? I wish Keith had been with me these Shasta and Feather River days. I have gained a thousand fold more than I hoped. Heaven send you Light and the good blessings of wildness. How the rains plash and roar, and how the pines wave and pray.


Brownsville [Calif.]

Date Original

1875 Jan 19


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0265

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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