John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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Perhaps I have not yet answered all of your last long pages, Here is a quotation from Tyndale con- cerning the nature & origin of his intense mountain enjoyments. He searches far & near for a theory of his delight in the mountains, going among the accidents of his own boyhood & those of his remotest fathers, but surely this must be all wrong & instead of groping away backwards among the various grades of grandfathers he should explore the most primary properties of man Perhaps we owe "the pleasurable emotions wh fine landscape makes in us" to a cause as radical as that wh makes a magnet pulse to the two poles I think that one of the [underlined: properties] of that compound wh we call man is that when exposed to the rays of mountain beauty it glows [underlined: with joy]. I don't know who of all my ancestry are to blame



Date Original

[1872] Oct 14


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0971

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Page 2


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