Abba G. Woolson


John Muir


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[4]I saw from Glacier Point. and which I have often seen in fancy [illegible] But my day is coming; and it is a comfort to know that Yosemite and the Sierras “will keep”. I enclose a picture which you may not recognize as a good likeness of the toppling individual who came pitching down behind you, from crag to boulder, on her return from that immortal glimpse of the desolate Sierras. it [underlined: is] a good likeness, nevertheless. I long, also, to behold Mt. Shasta. I have a steroscopic? picture of it; but I shall never attempt such a heroic ascent of his snow-clad slope as you appear to have made. I can understand, though, that it would be glorious. Perhaps strong minded women do get [illegible] stormy seas, but that has not been my lot. To live in eternal and external calm, feeling that Nature had a special care for me, and that I had a special love for her, has been the happy existence granted me from the beginning. If I see a storm 00734 [1] Concord, N.H. Feb. 28. 1876.My dear Mr. Muir, I was much surprised and pleased on receiving a letter from you; for I had supposed that you were too busy in studying the grand formations of your beloved Sierras to have time for thinking of puny mortals a whole continents width off, much more for writing them generous letters. But it seems I was mistaken; and that your good memory will not let you ignore those who have been permitted to worship, - if only for a few days, - in your sacred temples, with you for attendant priest. The letter reached me yesterday, and also, its accompanying letters printed at an earlier date. I have read them all with great interest; for anything[in margin: 5]brewing anywhere on the waters, I steer away, before the leaping [illegible] become enticing and dangerous; unless I feel that duty calls me to sail in and do battle, when I am ready to stand my chances in the tempest. But duty seems mostly to dwell in the still, serene places; so I don’t ever find myself near the [illegible]akers in her service. We, two Woolsons live a very quiet happy life, caring little for the persons about us, though having many pleasant acquaintances in our immediate world; but living more really in the world of books, newspaper, and the letters of absent and beloved friends. I go to Boston often; and breathe mental ozone while there. I work less in Reforms than I did, - though as “strong minded” and radical as ever, - because I have seen that no reforms are so good 00734


Concord, N[ew] H[ampshire]

Date Original

1876 Feb 28


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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