Sallie J. Kennedy


John Muir



tonight dispelled it all. I hope you will have a happy time the remainder of the season and be safely housed for winter work. An unkind wish you will reflect. I expect to start east on Tuesday next the 16th I will soon be again enjoying some of Natures grandest scenes. I will sadly miss the pleas- ant companionship our little camp- ing party afforded. Hoping some day to hear the unfinished story of the voyage of the Snag Jumper”, and her Le- roic crew. I remain sincerely your friend, Sallie [illegible] Kennedy.



Chico, October, 12th, 1877.

My dear Mr Muir,

This evening began its course in pleasure, continued, and from our merry peals of laugh- ter at its close you would imagine it finished in pleasure. Though different causes pro- duced the same result, a wonderful harmony existed between the causes. [ First?] I concluded to make a selection from Annies embryo herbarium, which I was to take home, and as page after page was looked over the happy days were brought to mind when the little

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blossoms and plants were gathered, when the grand the beautiful and sweet things in Nature had refresh- ed mind and heart, all passed with bewildering speed, the pictures only growing more numerous the longer I thought, until at last the spell was broken by a call from General, “A letter from Mr Muir; and what a joy it was for we had felt much anxiety in regard to your venture! You were very good to give us so in detail the thrilling adventures and narrow escapes of the gallant Commander who to heroically carried the Flag Ship, not only around, but over


Snags!! Long may you live to chronicle other exploits and may we be so happy as to learn of them; But merriment aside, it was delightful to know you enjoyed your trip; and were going to prosecute your journey farther in the same way, a substantial evidence that you had not yet wearied, he missed you very much, and each day General [illegible] plied with queries, “Where do you think Mr Muir is now?” “Do you think he is on the Buttes to day?” “Where do you imagine he will camp tonight?” &c, &c. General was always ready to give an opinion: but still doubt remained uncomfortably in our minds, until your charming letter


Chico [Calif.]

Date Original

1877 Oct 12


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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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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