John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[in margin: 00654] Oftentimes when I am free in the wilds, I discover some rare beauty in lake or c[illegible] or mountain form, & instantly seek to sketch it with my pencil but the drawing is always enormously unlike the reality, So also in word sketches of the same beauties that are So living so loving So filled with warm God there is the same infinite short-coming, My few hard words make but a skeleton fleshless heartless & when you read [deleted: them], the dead bony words rattle in ones teeth, Yet I will not the less endeavor to do my poor best, believing that even these dead bone heaps called articles will occasionally contain hints to some living souls who know how to find them, I have not rec'd Dr Stebbins letter give him & all my friends love from me I sent Harry Edwards the butterflies I had lost. Did he get them Farewell dear dear Spiritual Mother. Heaven repay your everlasting love John Muir


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

[1873] Mar 30


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1097

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Page Number

Page 2


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