John Muir


[Jeanne C. ] Carr


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[1] New Snellings Merced Co Feb 24th [1869]Dear Mrs Carr Your two California notes from San Francisco & San [illegible] reached me last evening & I rejoice at the glad tidings they bring of your arrival in this magnificent land. I have thought of you hundreds of times in my seasons of deepest joy, amid the flower purple & gold of the plains the fern fields in gorge & canon – the sacred waters, tree columns, & eternal unnameable sublimities of the mountains, of all my friends you are the only one that understands my motives & enjoyments. Only a few weeks ago a true & liberal minded friend sent me a large sheetful of terrible blue steel orthodoxy calling me from clouds & flowers, to the practical walks of politics & philanthropy, Mrs Carr thought I never lectures thus, I am glad indeed that you are here to read for yourself these glorious lessons of sky & plain & mountain which no mortal power can ever speak, I thought when in the Yo Semite Valley last spring that the Lord had written things there that you would be allowed to read sometime – I have not made a single friend in Cola & you may be sure I strode home last evening from the post office feeling rich indeed


Near Snellings, Merced Co.[Calif.]

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[1869] Feb 24


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 33.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0027

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