[Charles Warren] Stoddard
 You hope that you will not disappoint me. The danger of being disappointed is all on your own side. Don't believe one half that Mrs Carr says, I am only a piece of jagged human mist drifting about these rocks & waters Heaven only knows how or wherefor. Hitherto I have walked alone I shall rejoice in you as companion but remember that in that case "A vagabond shalt thou be". Moreover you must not hope that I can teach you, I am only a baby slowly learning my mountain alphabet But I can freely promise that Nature will do great things for you I know little of men yet venture to say that half our best teachers are manufactured, - so ground - & pressed in the mills of culture that God cannot play a single tune upon them. I am glad to learn my friend that you have not yet submitted yourself to any of the mouldy laws of literature - that your spiritual affinities are still alive & unsatisfied Come then to the mountains & bathe in fountain Love. Stand upon our Domes & let spirit winds blow through you & you will sing effortless as an Eolian harp You will enjoy the ocean There is but little difference between land & sea, Heavens! What glorious storm nights you will have among phosphorescent foam May God be good to you. Lave your existence in those the Beauty & Love of those Isles of the sea. Keep your heart pure & it shall be like a silvered plate
 Feb 2
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