Jeanne [C.] Carr


John Muir


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Yosemite, Wed. eve.July 30th [1869]Dear John Muir,I have looked for you daily and hourly since coming into these heavenly places, and regret more than you possibly can (until the pressure of forty years living and loving shall have deepened and widened your heart) -- that you were not present with me in these joys. Not less than eight letters and notes are travelling around in search of you, and having up to this moment followed your directions as nearly as I could, I can only simply acquiesce in the inevitable and go away without seeing you until in God's own time and way we are once more permitted to enjoy face to face communion.All that I have seen only deepens the conviction that it is only from our Great Mother that we really learn the lessons of our Father's love for us.We are not going to leave California at present, and very likely may find a congenial home and work here. You will know all our plans as soon as they are settled. Do not feel disappointed; I expected to find a dear teacher in you who have revelled in this glory so long.Always your friend,Jeanne CarrLater,A man who has just come in from Crane's flat, says you are verily in there, somewhere on "Pat Delaney's range", and as he also says that he knows you and that you sheared sheep for him I think I will place a little confidence in what he says,--Mr. Hatch's information that you had passed there last Thursday with a drove of sheep. "A young man, a Scotchman, some of the other drivers said", made me confident of overtaking you. I passed many droves. I sent a letter to Ostranders, stopped and left a line at Empire Camp, arrived here, sent letters by parties going out Sunday to Hardings and by Coulterville. Now, dear John, I should go out and hunt you up tomorrow and stay here another week, but for this -- a day or two before I left Dr. Carr was tendered a professorship in the University by the Executive Com. He must reach a decision before the 6th when the formal appointments will be made, and he wished me to be back before that time that we might consult together. You see how necessary it is for me to leave. I would not have come in for two weeks but for the hope of seeing all this beauty in its hour of prime with your eyes to help me. I have trodden these paths in your footsteps. We will talk of it all ere long. Oh the divine blessed harmonics I have heard, even more than I have seen in these days. There are some beautiful people here who will go out your way,--(I return by Mariposa as I came in, as all my fares are paid and some of my things left at Clark's and Hatch's.) Dr. and Mrs. Elliott of St. Louis and Miss Dix, the philanthropist, are here. I came in with a party of teachers, and owe much to their kindness. I have left only one word for you on the bridge between the Vernal and Nevada fall, "The Lord bless thee and keep thee," and this I wish always.



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[1869] Jul 30


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 26.5 cm..

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