John Muir


John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]




San Francisco April 23d, 1877

My dear Sister Sarah,

To thee I give & bequest this old gray quill with which I have written every word of my first book, knowing as I do your predele[illegible]tion for curiosities. I can hardly remember its origin, but I think it is one that I picked up on the Mountains, fallen from the wing of a gray Eagle; but possibly it may be only a pinion feather of some tame old gray goose, & my love of truth compels me to make this unpoetical statement. The book that has flower from its whittled [ nib?] is however as wild as any that has ever appeared in these tame civilized days.

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Love to all your happy family & to thee & David. The circumstances of my life since I last bade you farewell have wrought many changes in me, but my love for you all has only grown greater from year to year, & whatsoever befals I shall ever be yrs affectionately John Muir ————


perhaps I should have waited until the book was in print, for it is not absolutely certain that it will be accepted by the publishing houses. It has first to be submitted to the tasling critics but as everything in the way of magazine & newspaper articles that the old pen has ever traced has been accepted & paid for I reasonably hope I shall have no difficultly in obtaining a publisher. The manuscript has just been sent to New York & will be reported on in a few weeks. I leave for the mountains of Utah [deleted: in a f] today. The frayed upper end of the pen was produced by nervous gnawing when some interruption in my logic or rhetoric occurred from stupidity or weariness. I g[illegible]d the upper end to send the thoughts below & out at the other


San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1877 Apr 23


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0525

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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