John Muir


John Muir


Louie Strentzel


00858 Victoria B.C. Thursday morning July 10

Dear Louie Strentzel,

Here, yet once more in my crooked way lies the glassy glaciated rock bound lake-like harbor of Victoria. We have just made fast to the dock. The town is founded on the best glacier-tested glacier-elected rocks & is the capital of B.C. it has I believe about 6,000 inhabitants & is of more telling glacial interest than any other town I have seen on the continent of N.A. How green & fresh the ferns & trees are on the patches of Moraine-soil [deleted: beneath] between the upswelling rock- -bosses ——— ——— ——— ——— Your are very kind in caring so faithfully for my few bits of things. I sent a few specimens of burs & leaves

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from here & Seattle. some of them gathered on the Fraser The [illegible] boat rolled & heaved at a most extravagant rate — yesterday & the smell from the kitchen etc so compound & novel altogether made me a little sea-sick. It was calm or nearly so in the afternoon after entering the straits of F[illegible] & I curled up on the upper deck in a coil of rope back of one of the hatches & enjoyed a nap Good bye. Be patient. Heaven bless you. How you would enjoy this wild north scenery. Some day I will at least tell about it

[in margin: Ever cordially yours John Muir]


Victoria, B. C.

Circa Date

[1879] Jul 10


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 17.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1106

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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