John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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Yosemite July 29th [1870]My dear friend Mrs Carr I am very very blessed The valley is full of people but they do not annoy me I resolve in pathless places & in higher rocks than the world & his ribbony wife can reach, Had I not been blunted by hard work in the mill & crazed by Sabbath raids among the high places of this heaven I would have written you long since I have spent every Sabbath for the last two months in the spirit world screaming among the peaks & outside meadows like a negro Methodist in revival time, & every intervening clump of week days in trying to fix down & assimilate my shapeless harvests of revealed glory into the spirit & into the common earth of my existence, & I am rich rich beyond measure. not in rectangular blocks of sifted knowledge or in their sheets of beauty hung picture like about "the walls of memory" - but in unselected atmospheres[in margin: shortening my life, but I had a whole lifetime of enjoyment & I care but little for the arithmetical length of my days I can hardly realize that I have not yet seen you here. I thank you for sending me so many friends but I am wanting for you. I am going up the mountain soon to see your Lily garden at the top of Indian Canon. Let the pacific islands lie. My love to [Allie?] & all your boys & to the [illegible] Tell him that I have been tracing glaciers in all the [illegible] canons towards the summit. Ever [illegible] J Muir]



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[1870] Jul 29


Original letter dimensions: 24.4 x 39 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0309

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