John Muir


[Ralph Waldo] Emerson


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how to get out of a mortal coil without shuffling. Tell her that she will see glossy glacier polished domes of porphyritic granite so full of life that she will touch them tenderly as if made of nervous shrinking flesh, & she will see countless daisied gentianed meadows beautiful beyond thought & crystal lakes & cascades & falls innumerable spread everywhere like lace, & confiding russet sparrows on the highest summit peaks, & crimson butterflies not found in all the world besides, & she will see the Williamson Spruce the most graceful tree creature of the Sierras, & Casseope the blessed with her showers of purple arms, & she will see sunsets not purple & golden belonging to Earth but of a transparent Spirit Kind that are windows of heaven. And tell her that angels are abundant every- where. Above all tell her of the light, she will bathe in holy mountain Light. Is it her husband that is so fond of hunting If so the Tuolumne Canon wh is an immense Yosemite over twenty miles long, is full of bears & deer that are [never?] disturbed & to a bold hunter it will be paradise & the grand- eur of its scenery in wh I mingled for the first time last Nov' will make it interesting for all. - I am glad you call me to your house. I will come, but first I have two or three years work to do here on glaciers & Mtn' structure. I was about done for myself but Prof Runkle of Boston & Mrs Carr are making me study it into shapefor others, & of course a great deal of Arithmetic is involved. I have a low opinion of mountain books, they are like


Yosemite Valley

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1872 Mar 18


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Reel 02, Image 0729

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