Sallie J. Kennedy


John Muir


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[2] Two other young ladies are also here, and in addition to a family of nine, so you may fancy we have merry times. What a glorious day this would be to quietly start out for a long walk to the top of the blue hill mountains; - “Berkshire hills”, which l[illegible] full view with a beautiful sketch of undulating meadow between us and the Honsatonic River which flows at their base. I would enjoy the walk — possibly it would be too slow for you. This part of our wonderful land has long been called the “Switzerland of America”. Your would enjoy its beauty. The road sides on many of the drives are lined with ferns, golden rods and asters of many buds, and an occasional gentian. ( Do you remem ber the gentians you found at Mr Laudts.) In one long especial drive in addition the trees meet their branches overhead making long beautiful green vistas while just near [3]enough to dear the mummer of its water flows the river – the air is fragrant with fern and woody odors. I have wished and wished that you could follow it. What grand studies you have been able to make during your long journeying. My sympathy is with you in any- thing new you may learn relating to what have become dear friends the pines – the plane plants, and the sparrow. But the glacial formations you will have to tell me more about. How grand the storms must have been – how precious the darling mossy banked mountain riverlets – All this I covet the sight of once more: How fearfully Mr Muir you must have suf- fered in the experience for retale. I can readily believe that if you had had the guidance such a dreadful condition would never have come to you. But what a bles- sing that you were brought through it in


Abby Lodge [Mass.]

Date Original

1878 Sep 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0916

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