John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


Monday May 23, 181. 8 A.M.

Dear Louie; we are just passing St George Island, steaming quickly along the West shore among a vast multitude of birds that are filling the air & covering the water for miles The island is about 10 miles long 500 ft high with sheer bluffs facing the sea. – No sign from here of then innumerable seals that in a month or two will cover the rocks. In 3 or 4 hours we will be at St Paul Island where we will drop anchor & remain until 7 or 8 oclock this evening. Be sure you do not forget Sam Williams, Upham will give you two or three hundred dollars of Scribner money with which to pay Mrs. C. L. Hooper, 548 Caladonia Avenue, Oakland Cala.

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11.30 A.M.

We are just approaching the St Paul Island harbor & will doubtless be landed in a few minutes though the fog is rather trying. The wind blows cold from the N.E. indicating ice at no great distance. We are sure to meet some of the drifted fragments in a day or two. And now my love & babe I must bid good bye for another week or two. I hope you will get all my other notes. Open all my letters & answer such as may require it. Be patient. With love to all our family I am every your affectionate husband John Muir.



[St. George Islands, Alaska]

Date Original

1881 May 23


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 14 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0574

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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