John Muir


John Muir


Mrs. [L.] Strentzel


[underlined: 53] 1419 Taylor St San Fran’ June 20th 1878

Dear Mrs Strentzel;

Your kind note has just came to hand, I appreciate your motherly care, but what can a body do? If an explorer of Gods fine wildernesses should wait until every danger be removed than he would wait until the sun set. The war country lies to the north of our line of work some two or three hundred miles. Some of the Pah Utes have gone with to join the B[illegible] & those left behind are not to be trusted, but we will be well armed, & they will not dare to attack a party like ours unless they mean to declare war, however gladly they might seize the opportunity of killing a lonely & unknown explorer. In any case we will never be more than two hundred miles from the railroad. We are nearly ready & will set out in a day or two.

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I arrived in the city the day before yesterday from the headwaters of the north & middle forks of the American River. Camped in the snow & had a fine refreshing time, also found some new facts. The snow is still from three to ten feet deep, down to 7,000 feet. I am thousands of Will’ Spruces just beginning to rise from their long [illegible] sleep. Most of the forest birds are building their nests. A few are already rich in younglings. I am a board of Grouse about a day old – wee soft tufts of down. The waterfalls are booming – the [illegible] firs are just putting out their new leaves, all the evergreens look well, & give promise of a bountiful crop of burrs. Found three new plants & a woodpecker. Tell Louise that I put a better tail on that Silm fir manuscript. Also rewrote the Will Spruce. Farewell. John Muir

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1419 Taylor St. San Fran[cisco, Calif]

Date Original

1878 Jun 20


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0840

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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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