John Muir


John Muir


[Bidwell Family]


[stamped: Bidwell Papers Bancroft Library] Sequoia woods on Kings River Oct 21st

Have been studying the age of the giants here yesterday & today. [illegible] eastward into the South Fork Canon, thence over the divide into Middle Fork & down far as possible Clouds –no snow as yet Recd yrs just before leaving San Fran. Will write on return in two or three weeks. Hard work ahead but glorious.

Ever Cordially yrs J. M.

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Hydes Mill North Fork Kaweah Nov 2d 1877

My dear Mother –

My Kings River walk is done & in a couple of weeks or thereabouts Ill be back in S F at work for the winter I went up the South Fork Canon & down the Middle Fork according to my plan sent you. The trip has been a very trying one a storm three days without food & ten days of exhausting cliff work but I have been wholly successful nevertheless & though faint in making the last climb of 5000 feet out of the canon Im rested & well as ever already, & the results are truly glorious. A new Yosemite in one of the most remote & unaccessable fastnesses of the range with finer sculpture than I have ever before seen in all the Sierras some thirty first class calaracts from 2,000 to 4000 ft high – three new Sequoia forests & a fine fact about bears – with landscapes lakes meadows etc beyond telling about. Probably Ill have no more work of this kind to do in the range.

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As I hope to hear from you on my return to the city I will not write farther at present Fondly hoping you & all the family are well I am ever your affectionate Son John Muir

[in margin: To Mother 1877]



Sequoia woods on Kings River


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