[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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its rosy purple dress I am writing this woody gospel letter. I never before knew the virtues of Sequoia juice. [Seen?] with sun- =beams in it, its color is the most royal of all royal purples No wonder the Indians instinctively drink it for they know not what . I wish I was so drunk & Sequoical that I could preach the green brown woods to all the juiceless world, descending from this divine wilderness like a John Baptist eating Douglass Squirrels & wild honey or wild anything, saying, Repent for the Kingdom of Sequoia is at hand. There is balm in these leafy Gileads; [for deleted] pungent burrs & living King-juice for all defrauded civilization; for sick grangers & politicians, no need of Salt Riales, sick or successful. Come suck Sequoia & be saved. Douglas Squirrel is so pervaded with rosin & burr juice his flesh can scarce be eaten even by mountaineers no wonder he is so charged with magnetism one of the little lions ran across my feet the other day as I lay resting under a fir & the effect



was a thrill like a battery shock. I would eat him no matter how rosing for the light[illegible] he holds. I wish I could eat wilder things, think of the grouse with balsam scented crop stored with spruce buds. The wild sheep full of glacier meadow grass, & daisies [illegible] & the bear burly & brown as Sequoia, eating pine-burs & wasps stings & all - then think of the soft lighteningless poulice-like pop reeking upon town tables. No wonder cheeks & legs become flably & fungoid. I wish I were wilder & so bless Sequoia I will be. There is at least a punky Spark in my heart & it may blaze in this Autumn gold. fanned by the King. Some of my grandfathers must have been born on a muirland for there is heather in me, & tinctures of log juices, that send me to [Cassippe?], & ooz through all my veins impelling me unhaltingly the deeper & danker the [illegible].


Squirrelville [Calif.]

Date Original

[1870 Fall]


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0361

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Page 2


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