Louie Strentzel


[John Muir]


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[6]ceasing, and I tried to understand but could not, and there was no other voice nor sign. At last in the silence, I know not how, the loving-kindness and power of the Heavenly Father seemed to come very near, and clear in my sight, and I believed and was comforted to trust all in His care. O John; though my weak fears so often dim all else, — sometimes I think that I comprehend the delight and precious value of your work to your own soul. Knowing this, I dare not call to lead you from the way that you feel is best, wherever it may guide. If only I might once behold where you dwell on the mountain heights and obey the Master’s word, I could learn to grow stronger and wiser. But while that can [7]not now be, am I yet too selfish in craving to be first of all to hear your new High- land lesson to the Lowlands, and to see first in your eyes the clear light of sunrise? I am eager to hold in my hand, the snow and frost sketches I fancy you have made. Perhaps a whole great glacier might seem cold, cold! but the wee bit fairy crystals and snow blossoms surely could charm a- way all the fever and pain of restless life. They say the “California” will return to Victoria for Christmas. Mayhap the coming New Year will bring a dear wanderer home to me, but wherever you be, here or there, I pray always God bless you and guard you and love you forevermore. Louie Strentzel


Alhambra, [Calif]

Date Original

1879 Dec 1


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1178

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Page 4


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