John Muir


John Muir


Mrs. [L.] Strentzel


Belmont Nevada Aug’ 31st 1878.

Dear Mrs Strentzel.

I wrote you a note the other day before receiving your letter of the 14th wh reached me this morning. The men are packing up & I have only a moment We have been engaged so long southward that we may not go to Eureka, if not we will make direct to Hamilton & the b[illegible] Dr so kindly sent I will have forwarded. The fury sun is pouring in first beams across the gray Belmont hills but so long as there is [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] supply of any kind of water to keep my blood thin & flowing it effects me but little. We are all well again or nearly so, I quite. Our leader still shows traces of fever. The difference between wet & dry bulb thermometer is often here 40° or more causing excessive waste from lungs & skin sunless water be constantly supplied ones blood seems to thicken to such an extent that if S[illegible] should ask “If you prick him will he bleed” I should answer, I [illegible]. Heavens! if the juicy grapes had come manner like from the sky that last thirst night.
Farewell – we go – John Muir Cordially thankfully yrs

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the very finest [illegible] most [illegible] purple here [illegible] the permeates covers glow[illegible] the mtns & the how lovely then, how suggestive of the best heaven how unlike a desert now While the little garden the [illegible] moths opening flrs & the cool evening wind that now begins to flow & [illegible] down the gray sloper [illegible] heighten the peacefulness & lovingness of the scene I have been looking with great anxiety for [illegible] from you & but the other day got your of the 28 30 [illegible]

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Belmont, Nevada

Date Original

1878 Aug 31


Original letter dimensions: 32 x 20.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0886

Collection Identifier

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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