John Muir


Dav[id Muir]


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that he would find ballast in your town of some sabbath- School or missionary kind that would save him from any violent crisis like the present. That thick matted sod of Bristol orphans, wh is a sort of necess- ary evil, induced by other evils, is all right enough for Muller in England but all wrong for Muir in America The lives of Anna & Joanna accustomed to free wild Nature of our woods if transplanted to artificial fields & dingy towns of England would wilt & shrivel to mere husks, even if they were not to make their life work amid those pinched, & blinking orphans Father in his present feeble- minded condition is sick & requires the most considerate treatment from all who haveaccess to his thoughts, this moral disease is by no means contemptible for it is only those who are endowed with poetic & enthusiastic brains that are subject to it Most people who are born into the world remain babies all their lives, their development bring arrested like sundried seeds Father is a magnificent baby who instead of dozing contentedly like most of his neighbors suffers growing pains that are ready to usher in the dawn of a higher life But to come to our work can you not induce father to engage in some tract or mission or Sabbath school enterprise that will satisfy his demands for bodily & spiritual exercise Can you not find him some


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1873 Mar 1


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 1079

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Page 2


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