Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr
in the gush & ardor of full bloom in places called desolate & gloomy wintry snows where that dwarfed & crumpled pines are pelted with hail & rocks, but as frail flowers of human kind are protected by the hand of God blooming joyously through a long beautiful life in places & times that are strewn with the wrecks of the powerful & the great so in these far mountains where are the treasuries of snow & storms live in safety & innocence these sweet tender children of the plants, Had looked long & well for Cassiope but in all my long excursions failed to find its dwelling places & begin to fear that we would never meet but had a presentiment of finding it today & as I passed as rockshelf after reaching the great gathered heaps of everlasting snow something seemed to whisper Cassiope Cassiope that name was "driven in upon me" as as Calvinists say & looking around behold the long looked for mountain child." I do not care to write much because you seem so near I hope that you will all be very happy in your new home & not feel too sorely the separation from the loved places & people of Wis[in margin: Remember me to my Doctor & to all of your boys. I am most cordially your friend John Muir] 00482
Two miles below La Grange
1869 Oct 3
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 36 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0151
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