John Muir


John Muir


Jeanne Carr


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Sep 25th 1872

In the mountain light Oakland winter seems all a dream only the kindness of friends stands out clear, Pine trees granite & waterousels now. How true & pure & immortal they seems to me, yet somehow I feel satisfied to leave all & labor in other fields

The very first evening I came in, the brave owl that was not afraid of the earthquake tuwhooed unnervously as ever. Having heard

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him so many years his voice seemed charmingly familiar. The morning light is streaming in between the domes & the sculpture of the arches is splendidly brought out. How eloquently it speaks of the icy past. How marvelous the richness & delicacy of the sculpture wrought by so simple & blunt & unwieldy a tool.

I’ve been out sauntering on the meadows and along the sleepy river. Two ouzels came glinting on the crisp bright water, & after nodding recognizingly, & doing all their dainty manners began wading & ducking in the shallows. They are little [ ] nuggets of water music as if the brown peebles over wh’ the river has sung for ages had at length been overgrown with moss & feathers & flown away."


Yosemite Valley [Calif.]

Date Original

1872 Sep 25


Original letter dimensions: 15 x 16 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



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