John Muir


R[alph] W[aldo] Emerson


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[2]will not "outweary their yearnings" Do not thus drift away with the mob while the Spirits of these rocks & waters hail you after long waiting as their kinsman & persuade you to closer communion But now if Fate or one of those mongrel & misshapen organizations called parties compel you to leave for the present. I shall hope for some other fullness of time to come for you. If you will call at Mr Hutchings mill I will give you as many of Yosemite & high Sierra plants as you wish as specimens. I write you join me in a months worship with Nature in the high temples of the great[3]Sierra Crown beyond our holy Yosemite It will cost you nothing save the time & very little of that for you will be mostly in Eternity An now once more in the name of Mts Dana & G[illegible] of the grand glacial hiero- glyphics of Tuolumne meadows & Bloody Canon, - In the name of a hundred glacial lakes- of a hundred glacial-daisy -gentian meadows. In the name of a hundred cascades that barbarous visitors never see. In the name of the grand upper forests of [illegible] Amabilis & [illegible] grand[illegible] & in the name of all the spirit Creatures of these rocks & of this whole spiritual atmosphere Do not leave us now


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

[1871 ca May 8]


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Reel 02, Image 0441

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Page 2


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