John Muir


[Ralph Waldo] Emerson


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Yosemite Valley March 18th /72Dear Emerson, Come to our mountain fountains, come to Yosemite, Last year you left against law, & I turn to you now in your town & up the valley to Tissiack to see if there be no misunderstanding betwixt you, There are no apologies in Nature else you would owe her one. You cannot be content with last years baptism 'Twas only a sprinkle, come be immersed. Your hitherward affunties are not half satisfied. I can't understand the laws that control you to Concord. You are called of the Sierras - An atom elect strange you come not to your magnets. If you will come about June & stay until October I will have a hut & horse ready for you. You will see not only Yosemite so- called but a hundred others besides & all their compassing Sierras. Yosemite is only on of many & we will dwell with the whole Merced brotherhood, & we will know how they were made, & how they are now changing from glory to glory. You will lose no time, nothing but civilized sins, Think of the soul l[illegible]ings & bathings you will get Think of the glow of your after life. You have been able to look past the fogs of culture to the fountain loves & lives beyond. Here those fountains are bare & un- mingled. Here are the shores of all our eternities How blessed 'twill be after all your hard toils to rest hushed & soothed on those plain spirit shores.


Yosemite Valley

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1872 Mar 18


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