[John Muir]


[Jeanne C. Carr]


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I had a grand ramble in the deep snow outside the valley and discovered one beautiful truth concerning snow structure and three concerning the forma of forest trees.These earthquakes have made me immensely rich. I had long been aware of the life and gentle tenderness of the rock and instead of walking upon them as unfeeling surfaces began to regard them as a transparent sky now they have spoken with audible voice (and) pulsed with common motion. This very instant just as my pen reached and on the third line above, my cabin creaked with a sharp shook and the oil waved in my lamp.We had several shocks last night. I would like to go somewhere on the west South American coast to study earthquakes. I think I could inventsome experimental apparatus whereby their complicated phenomena could be separated end read but I have some years of ice on hand. Tis most enobling to find and feel that we are constructed with reference to these noble storms so as



Date Original

[1871 Apr 3-8]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x12.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0419

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