Abba G. Woolson


John Muir


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[2]I read yesterday your delightful picture of Bloody Canon, and thought it cruel that I could not go there, too. Your description is so fresh, vivid, and poetic withal, that it made me homesick again for all those glorious surprises hid away among the Upper Sierras. No scenery seems to me worth exploring but that. I am sure, if God is good, that I shall some day do what I have always longed to do since I saw the Yosemite, - wander up and away into that world of solemn whiteness which we sighted afar off from Glacier Point, and which, as you told us, held such splendors of snowy crest and waterfall, and such wonderful lilies growing under the shadow of the Hoffman Mts. I want all the lilies and the sharp rocky paths, the grizzlies and the waddling furred Monos to be there when I see them. If I could have my [3]way, I would sell all my belongings, and depart to spend all the year in the Yosemite and its neighboring Sierras for the winter; and in that I would go about the country lecturing to simple folk, so as to get money to keep me alive. I wonder how you are content to stay away so long, but I suppose you can do your writing vent much better where books and authorities are to be had for consultation. It delights me to hear that you propose to wander to Boston one of these days. If to Boston, then to Concord; and here we will do our best to make you feel at home, and will show you all the sorry little sights we have by way of [illegible]. Perhaps I shall be in Boston again by the time you get there; and then I could act as your Cicerone about my old haunts there. Wouldn’t I have my revenge in taking you up the steps of Bunker Hill Monument, and round about through


Concord, New Hampshire

Date Original

1874 Sep 27


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 25.5 cm.

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