Sallie J. Kennedy


John Muir


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[4]at this little pile of treasures give me. How strange and still how pleasant to think of you having gone to Lake Tahoe so soon after we left it. How exquisitely beautiful it is, Did you ever before see such contrasting color in the same sheet of water? and even the quality of the water appeared different, from water usually. Yes I have read Walden, What shall I say; Vexed one minute -enchanted the next; I was seldom thrown into sympathy with [illegible] Do you recall his chapter on “Sounds” and “Solitude”, - these were my favorite parts of the book. I am afraid to give you my thoughts about them for they would be crude, and probably not give you pleasure. Now what shall I say [1] Washington, Jany 24th, 1878.My dear Mr Muir. A few days since your welcome letter came and I was very happy to receive it. I had begun to think your precious studies had driven every other object from mind. I have wished many times you could be here during this week to meet your two valued friends Dr Gray and Prof Butler, and there is another whom you may not remember so well. but who retains the warmest recollection of meeting you in Yosemite Valley in 69. General [ Abvord?]. General A. brought Prof Butler, to see us one evening this week and we attended a lecture which he delivered badly named



Date Original

1878 Jan 24


Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 24.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0680

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