John Muir


John Muir


[Annie and John Bidwell and Sallie Kennedy]



[pg. 3 is repeat of doc. 0583]


[pg. 1 is repeat of doc. 0577]

[Page 2]

[repeat of documents 0579 & 0581, reel 3]

[Page 3]

[this page of letter was already completed, reel 3, documents 0585 & 0587]

[Page 4]


the current, I overheard a deck hand on one of the steamers say, "Now that's what I call taking it Aisy". I am still at a loss to know what there is in the rig or model of the Jumper that excited such universal curiosity. Even the birds of the river, & the animals that came to drink, though paying little or no heed to the passing steamers with all their plash & outroar, at once fixed their attention on my little flagship, some taking flight with loud screams, others waiting with outstretched necks until I nearly touched them, while others circled overhead. The domestic animals usally dashed up the bank in extravagant haste one crowding on the heels of the other as if suffering extreme terror. I placed one flag, the smaller, on the highest pinnacle of the Butte, where I trust it may long wave to your memory, the other I have still, watching the thousand land birds; linnets, orioles, sparrows, flickers, quails, etc. natures darlings taking their morning baths, was no small part of my enjoyments. I was greatly interested in the fine bank sections shown to extraordinary advantage at the present low water, because they cast so much light

[4] 2

however to get out of even this scrape without disaster to herself or to me. I usually sailed from sunrise to sunset, rowing one third of the time, paddling one third, & drifting the other third in restful comfort - landing now & then to examine a section of the bank or some bush or tree. Under these conditions the voyage to this port was five days in length. On the morning of the third day I hid my craft in the bank vines & set off cross lots for the highest of the Marysville Buttes, reached the summit, made my observations, & got back to the river & jumper by two o clock, the distance to the nearest foothills of the groups is about three miles, but to the base of the southmost & highest Butte is six miles, & its elevation is about 1800 feet above its base, or in round numbers 2000 feet above tide water. The whole group is volcanic, taking sharp basaltic forms near the summit, & with stratified conglomerates of finely polished quartz & metamorphic pebbles tilted against the flanks. There is a sparse growth

[Page 5]

[page 7 was already completed on reel 03, documents 0585 & 0587]

[writing in different directions on envelope:

John Muir care of John Swett 1419 Taylor St. S. F.

John Muir Oct. 10 1877 R [illegible] 12

The Snagjumper [ etc.?]

Copy sent to Dr Ba[illegible] University of Calif. April 7. 1917]


Sacramento [Calif.]

Date Original

1877 Oct 10


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0591

Collection Identifier

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

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.

Owning Institution

The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



5 pages


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



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.