Sallie J. Kennedy


John Muir



it, the Sun revealed it in its thin white mantle? Whether in the Mountains or on the Sea, that you may enjoy more than usual happiness if possible is the wish of your friend. Sallie J. Kennedy.

I hear Prof. Butler will go “abroad” this Summer. I should have told you how much I enjoyed your bright amusing letter.



Washington, June 21st, 1878.

My dear Mr Muir:

It is well you are as far away as you are, or I should write you a good scolding. But when I consider it would be a whole week on the way; and perhaps several more would elapse ere you returned to find it, and when you did it would express a sentiment possibly passed away. I conclude I will not. I am glad you liked the photographs. I am quite at sea as to where you are going. Annie understood you to say you were going with Captain

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Rodgers, and you wrote me you were to be in the Mountains. Tell me some time what it is all to result in. One loves to see a life with its best powers put to use, but it is also pleas- ant to know what the grand whole aimed at may be. Is this imper tenent? I know not, and hope not. I trust you saw General, for a shot letter received yesterday from Annie told of his being with her at Black Point. She enjoyed your visit to her very much. I have been this morning to the Smithsonian to see Prof Henrys family. I have always thought if ever you came East, a visit to the Capital


would be expected, and of the pleasure I would have in your meeting Prof Henry. Most of our pleasure it seems to me we derive from an- ticipating that which will never come to pass. A blessed condition it is to have the truth concealed. Our Spring has been so cool and lovely no one cares to think of going away. If my parents do not go West, and I fear they will not, I will be off I hope by the first or middle of August, If they leave I will re- main at home, If worn out will refresh myself with memories of Shastas snows. You remember how gracefully it seemed wrapped when after the con- fusion and darkness of clouds around



Date Original

1878 Jun 21


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 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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