Kate M. Graydon


John Muir


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00895[4]So can not see how you can be happy so far away from human care & sympathy, except the little fellow must always be singing “Are ye not of more value than many sparrows?” All you say of him is a sermon on that text. I must tell you, if only to make you smile, how much sympathy I wasted on you. Somehow I thought you had no friends nor companions but glaciers & icebergs & birds & bears & ever-greens, & that you had no mother to wear out her anxious heart about you, & all that, Well, one day my sympathies were all[1]Indianapolis, March 28th ’80.Dear Mr. Muir – For a fact I was glad to get your letter, & see that you had not forgotten me. You are in an open letter, I could not tell all truth of the reading of that piece on the ouzel. It was this. One morning Prof. Jordan greatly offended us by announcing in class that instead of the regular lesson he would read an article from Scribner, this intimating we were too stupid to appreciate such a piece if left to ourselves, Lo retaliate, when he told who wrote the article, I made him


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1880 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0083

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