John Muir


[Sarah Muir Galloway]


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[2]wealth of my [illegible] souls & the most necessary elements of my life what if many a river runs between us. distance ought not to separate us, Comets that leave thin sun for long irregular journeys through the fields of the sky acknowledge as constant & controlly a sympathy with its great centre as the nearer more civilized stars that travel the more proper roads of steady circles. No one re- flection gives me so much comfort as the completeness & unity of our family. An apparently short column of years has made men & women of us all & as I wrote to David, we stand united like a family clump of trees-May the divine power of family love keep us one & now do not consider me absent, lost-I have but[3]gone out a little distance to look at the Lords gardens Remember me very warmly to Mrs Galloway Tell her that I sympathize very keenly with her in her great affliction Tell her that my eyes open every day upon the noblest works of God & that I would gladly lend her my own eyes if I could I think of her very often I was telling my friend here about her a few nights ago in our little shanty I do not live "near the Yosemite" but in it-in the very grandest warmest centre of it. I wish you could hear the falls tonight-they speak a most glorious language & I hear them easily through the thin walls of our cabin


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1870 Mar 24


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0227

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Page 2


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