S. Hall Young


S. Hall Young per F. K. Y.


John Muir



Fort Wrangle, July 12th 1880

Prof John Muir

Dear Friend I knew you would, and now you have gone and done it. My wife and I claim the entire credit of it, such a picture of domestic bliss we knew could not fail to Love its efect. We know you now to be a wiser, better, but not sadder, And we are glad accept our united congratulations. I should Love answered your letter, it is a shame that I did not I will send you a little article I published, on the Indian war we had. It will show you that our fine old Captain was not so much in fault; I wish I could shut out from my vision his dreadful death, our mission was much demoralized, but is now slowly recovering Our Home is almost completed and is a fine building. This “dirty Angling wrangling
[in margin: send kindest regards to Mrs Muir your Sincere Friend S. Hall Young per F.K.Y.]

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Fort Wrangle” will present some what a different appearance when you bring your bride up this way. I have made too long canoe trips since that of last fall In April and May, in company with Mr [Lyons?] (our present missionary at Sitka) I made the [circuit?] of Prince of Wales Island I had a most delightful trip and returned home a “happy integer”. I made several improvements upon the Chilkat trip, In the manner of getting up the expedition, just I had only one [Capt’?] and no chiefs, second I paid for the trip, and not by the day, third the Indians provided their own [illegible], as a consequence, though I visited seven towns, many camps, remaining long enough at each to do [illegible] work, and though we had few good sailing winds we made the trip of four hundred miles in two weeks, and two days. The finest part of this archipelago , as regards [beauty?] of the soft, quiet, picturesque type, noble cedar forests, lovely green Islands, fertile


spots, and five Indians is Cordova Bay on the south west of the Island. The Indian [jobs?] and houses entirely [illegible] all we saw north. We hope to have a missionary established there, A good man has been appointed to Chilkat. Though not as fine a trip glacially speaking, it was a better one aboriginally. My other canoe trip was from the British missions at [Metlahkatlah?] and Ft Simpson in that I was rash, I undertook to bring Mrs Young and the baby, Miss Dunbar, seven of our “Home” girls, and two Indian wimen with the help of only two Indian men. We went down in the [Gsapfler?] had a fine visit, got two canoes at [Ft?] S – and were eleven days getting [to?] Ft W= I [illegible] the [longest?] canoe in which was the most precious and helpless part cargo, Imagine my spiritual suffering, to have a lot of weak and heedless girls stop paddling just as the wind is driving you upon a rock. We nearly ran out of provision and for the last two

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days had only venison and coffee the latter without sugar or milk. Had it not been for two deer killed we might have suffered. Two days before the conclusion of the voyage, I dislocated my shoulder, but got it in again after a hard pull, The morning of the last day, out it came again and would not be reset, tossed in the canoe all day with it out, eached here the evening of July third, and then got Brodie and four other white men at work on it, after nearly killing me, I was obliged to [illegible] to either, and it was replaced, I have been disabled ever since, which accounts for this letter being written by Mrs Young. Can you give me the address of that mechanical medical establishment in San. F that could provide me with some thing to keep that troublesome member in place, I would say “good old cheese” look for a glacial letter next time. Answer soon, Mrs Young and I



Fort Wrangell [Alaska]

Date Original

1880 Jul 12


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 38.5 cm.

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



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