John Muir


John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


1419 Taylor St. S.F. April 17th 1876

Dear Sister Sarah –

I was glad the other day to have the hard continuous toil of book writing interrupted by the postman handing in your letter. It is full of news, but I can think of little to put in the letter you ask for. My life these days is like the life of a glacier one eternal grind, & the top of my head suffers a weariness at times that you know nothing about. Im glad to see by the hills across the bay, all yellow & purple with buttercups & gilias, that spring is blending fast into summer, & soon Ill throw down my pen, & take up my heels & go mountaineering once more. My first book is taking shape now, & is mostly written, but still far from complete. I hope to see it in print, rubbed, & scrubbed, & elaborated, some time next year. Among the unlooked for burdens fate is loading upon my toil-doomed shoulders, is this literature

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& lecture [ time?], I suppose I will be called upon for two more addresses in San Francisco ere I make my annual Hegira to the woods. A few weeks ago I lectured at San Jose & Oakland. Im glad to hear of the general good health & welfare of our scattered & multiplied family. Of Katies returning health-, & Joannas – Remember me warmly to Mrs Galloway, tell her I will be in Wisconsin in two or three years, & hope to see her still surounded by her many affectionate friends – I was pleasantly surprised to notice the enclosed clipping today in the NY Tribune – I also read a notice of a book by Prof James Law of Cornell University, whom I used to play with, I met one of his scholars a short time ago Give my love to David & all your little big ones Ever very affectionately yrs John Muir


S[an] F[rancisco]

Date Original

1876 Apr 17


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 22 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0407

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