[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell
& the farther you go the greater will be your joy. Every creature belonging to God when lovingly studied leads up to himself along a way that ever becomes more & more brilliantly lighted; & no terrestrial way is more delightful to human feet than flowers. Never mind very much about your plants being new. They are all new, & everyone of them is full of God. Think what hosts of new friends you will make among those handsome people of God & how they will lighten & brighten & enrich your life, go on, go on, & see how they will extend your vision. This is the center of the great white Pine [mining?] excitement. No less than 28,000 claims were made, only 15 of which are now worked, & of these only one – the Eberhardt gives much hope or money. Hamilton & Treasure City are silent now. but Natures work goes on gloriously Our course from here his southward along the W[illegible] Pine Range, about eighty miles – thence eastward to the Snake Range & on across Utah. Our address will be [underlined: Hamilton Nevada] until the end of the month, having made arrangements to have our letters forwarded from here. hearty regards to the [general?][in margin: Your home must be very beautiful with its fruits & flowers. & that grand magnaminous old fig tree - “Resting under a vine or fig tree” is laden with meaning in this sunbeaten land, With more thanks I am ever Cordially yr friend John Muir]
1878 Sep 11
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