John Muir


[John Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


[letterhead] San Francisco Wednesday [May 4]11, oclock 1881

My beloved wife. We sail in an hour I saw the Captain a few minutes ago & all hope of delay to allow me to see you once more is past. But never mind dear all seems sure & true & righteous as to the trip I am making & I feel sure that I shall return to you better than I go – better in every way. I have been losing all appetite during the last few months & am now as nearly fleshless as I ever was. All my friends look in my face as if wondering at its whiteness & ask if I am well. So this trip is a necessity for health if no more. I feel a little better though wearied with writing & buying. I shall send about $100 home by Mr Payot or Upham, they will visit you in a few weeks. I have just found Charley & the baggage I have laid in abundance of woolen clothing. but the polar garments we will procure from the Indians on Be[illegible]ings Straits



San Francisco [Calif.]

Circa Date

1881 [May 4]


Original letter dimensions: 26 x 19.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0520

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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