Ina Coolbrith


[John Muir]


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Mother was taken violently ill, - So ill as to make me tremble for the result, - and in the care of her, and the crowding of my many other duties, I have had no time nor thought for anything else. I have been able to give the Library only one hour – in the evening – and into that have condensed the work of the [underlined: ten], daily ex= pected of me. O John Muir! John Muir! Bless the destiny which has permitted you to wander through such[!?] “ways of pleasantness”; for were you to change with me even for a little space, with no more hope of escape, I doubt if you would accept existence longer, at such heavy cost! ………. Well, it was a balsamy little let= =ter that you sent me, tho’ if you could have enclosed “a lake or a mountain”, or even a cup of cold, life-giving water from the one,


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Date Original

[ca. 1876]


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0471

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