Louie Strentzel


[John Muir]


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[2]comforted me so, because I thought surely there could not be any coming danger while you felt always hopeful and confident of the future. Do not be vexed because I am not so eager and jubilant as your own strong spirit. You must know that my heart is in all your work and that I rejoice over your gains in God’s Wilds — but do you think, dear, that I do not understand the costly price you give for it all, in toil and hardship and suffering? You yourself are more precious to me than any work, and it hurts me to feel so utterly power- less in aiding you and shielding you from pain. yet I know that God is with you there, and while your soul is called to hear His word, I would not have you to come away — [3]though I long to see your face, more than words can tell. But is not god here also? Therefore I trust that some blessed day He will bid you come, and there will be no more fear nor shadow of darkness. Meanwhile, I am thankful for the visions of beauty and wonder you have given me, for the exquisite pictures of that new land, more lovely it may be than my eyes could perceive. O, but I have wanted so to see them for myself — did you know that? — and indeed I [underlined: must] see them by and by. There were some delicious dreams over the Alaska Coast letter “for me”, but the others were beautiful too, and so I claim them all, every one, for my own! Another reading of your Indian Adoption has left me tolerably


Alhambra, [Calif]

Date Original

1879 Dec 1


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1174

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Page 2


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