[John Muir]


[Jeanne C. Carr]


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[4]This is about the limit of what I feel capable of doing for the public - the moiling squirming fog breathing public. But for my few friends I can do more because they already know the mtn harmonies & can catch the tones I gather for them though written in a few harsh & gravelly sentences. Here you demand an account of work accomplished for either friends or public, well this is all. Next morning after reaching Turlock I sped afoot over the stubble fields & through miles of brown [hemzon?] & purple [Eriognum?] to Hopeton conscious of but little more than that the great town was behind & beneath me, & the mtns above & before me. Next day pushed on through the oaks & chaparral of the foothills - Next passed Coulterville & ascended the first great mtn step upon wh grows the Sugar Pine. Here I slackened my pace for I drank the spicy rosing wind & was at home, Never did pine trees seem so dear, How sweet was their breath & their song, & how grandly they [illegible]. [1] Yosemite Valley Dec 25th 72 Dear Mrs Carr, My memories of that far off country of Oakland are already dim as if worn by the waves of a hundred winters, but your self- sacrificing everlasting love burns clear to my eye as a naked sun For you my friend I could sing thanks & praise on a thousand pages but you know my gratitude better than any song can tell & I need not sound a single note The light of our friendship requires no adjustment -, like a planet, it will burn along its own path without our care, for all of the clean love that the world contains is divine, & circles around God as stars around their sun. You told me I ought to abandon letter writing, & I see plainly enough that you 00639


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Dec 25


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 1031

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