John Muir


[Ralph Waldo] Emerson


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occasionally. He is swift & im- pulsive in flight & frequently hovers about the ends of spruce boughs like a humming bird A lot of Chickadee like birds flitted about like moths & one with a rich fluty voice approached in the Ce[illegible] tangle but did not show himself & after all these were [illegible] a big voiced owl echoed the column grove from end to end, & next day as I drifted slowly down to the lower trees I saw birds everywhere. - The Grizzly giant was full of birds, & as I was about to start for Clarks while I linger- ed among farewell impressions at the base of the last Sequoia a bird came down to one of the lowest branches near my head & uttered loud & clear a bosomful of the most startling worded song that I ever felt From first to last all of Nature seemed to hear the call of another King David & joined in one grand rejoicing. There was the sweetest wavings & hushings of trees hummings of insect wings open jointed warbligs of birds & the rocks too pulsed to the general joy, & every crystal & individual dust [4][1] Yosemite July 6thDear Emerson, You are in the calm of home & perhaps will be glad to hear this small echo from our Mariposa trees. Here is [Ramoset?] with whom you are acquainted & with whom I spent a night & day. He is noble in form & behaviour as any Sequoia friend that I have - less proper- less orthodox than his two companions but has more dignity - more freedom, wh' he manifests by the curving & thrusting of every limb. All three touch & intermingle at the top, at least when breathed upon by the winds Some spurey arrowey firs are poised about his [1]



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[1871] Jul 6


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Reel 02, Image 0473

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