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

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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

Owning Institution

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

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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