John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Muir]



5 1880 Departure Bay, a few miles from Nanaimo, Aug 5 9, A.M. — —

Dear Louie We are coaling here & what a rumble they are making. The shores here are very imposing A beveled bluff topped with giant cedar spruce & fir & maple cypress with varying green Here & there a small Mad[illegible] too, wh here is near its northern limit We went ashore last eve at Nanaimo for a stroll Magee & I, & we happened to meet Mr Morrison A man that I knew in Fort Wrangle who told me particulars of the sad Indian war in which [Toiyette?] was killed He was present & gave very graphic descriptions. We sailed here at daylight this

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morning & will probably get away the Captin tells me about eleven oclock & then no halt until we reach Wrangle, which is distant from here about 60 hours. I hardly know my lassie what Ive been writing nothing I fear but very small odds & ends & yet there may at least keep you from wearying for an hour & the letters poor though they be shall yet tell my love & that will redeem them I mail this here, the other two were mailed in Victoria. My next from Wrangle. Heaven bless you my love

& mother & father I trust that you are caring for yourself & as all by keeping cheery & strong & avoiding the bad practice of the stair-dance. Once more my love farewell. I must close in haste Farewell — Ever your affectionate husband John Muir.


Departure Bay, A few miles from Nanaimo

Date Original

1880 Aug 5


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0275

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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