Sallie J. Kennedy


John Muir



boldly declaring that the Douglass, did not enjoy Old Hundred: [ Now?] I am sure you struck the wrong note, and offended his delicate ear. If ever I am so happy as to reach the wilds again I will experiment. I am not going to condemn him on your I fear some-what preap[illegible] pr[illegible]. He certainly in every other par ticular received full p[illegible] at f[illegible] hand. These seem cold words to give for my enjoyment of “Douglass Squirrels”. The Sequoia was full of solid information and interest. the March Scribner we only


got today. But I know a treat is in store. My sister was very glad to see you in San Fran- cisco, and expressed the hope that you would visit them during the winter, but if you adhere to to plans you have made they will be disappointed. We had the pleasure of a morning call from Dr & Mrs Gray, some ten days since. They looked well, and were as lovely as usual. They remained in Town but two days I believe. Tis’ now February 3d. I laid aside the fore-going to attend to some duties which presented themselves, and

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“Wind storm in the Yuba Forest” was charming exquisite While I was on terra [illegible] not perched as you in a Douglass spruce, I too could close my eyes and have the vividly drawn scene before me, not in all the beauty that was disclosed to you, but beauty enough to make me grateful and happy for the pure delight. The very names of the trees send a thrill of pleas- ure through me so much seems associated with them. “The Mountain Lakes”, was also charming. Do you recall the lovely little blue [ saucers?]


filled to the brim, which [ now?] Im snugly nestled among the Peaks, the day we went to the top of the mountain from which we looked into Cinder Cone? And again the day we were looking for [ Bumper?]? Oh dear what a day full of pleasure and weariness. I should like to follow you step by step and put on paper just the memories which are stirred, and the longings which are excited by what you write, but I fear it would be pleas- ant but to me, one thing I must do, [illegible] with you for


have been so foolish as to take a miserable cold which has placed me under the Drs. care. and prevents my writing more. Thanks for the Colorado cities. Your friend Sallie J. Kennedy.

I was glad to hear good news from Prof. Butler. How happy he will be over the Carpenters success.




Date Original

1878 Jan 31


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 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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