[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]all near together like eggs in a nest, three El Capitans & a couple of Tissiacks, Canons glorious with yellows & reds of Mtn Maple & aspen & honeysuckle & ash, & new [illegible]able [underlined: music unmeasurable] from strange waters & winds, & glaciers too flowing & grinding, alive as any on earth shall I pull you out some? Here is a clean white skinned glacier from the back of McClure with glossy emerald flesh & singing crystal blood, All bright & pure as a sky; yet handling mud & stone like a wavy [in margin: [narry?]] building [moraine?] like a plodding [illegible]bman. Here is a cascade 200 feet wide, half a mile long - [deleted:? glaveing this way & that; filled with bounce & dance & joyous hurrah, yet earnest as] [3]tempest, & singing like angels loose on a frolic from heaven, deleted?] ''-& here is [in margin: are] your cascades [deleted & more]; broad & flat like clouds & fringed like flowing hair, [in margin: with occasional] & falls [illegible] as pines, [deleted: & lakes like glowing eyes, & [how are visions too, & dreams,?] & a splendid set of ghosts, too many for ink & narrow paper.] I had not heard anything concerning LeContes Glacier lecture but he seems to have drawn all he knows of Sierra glaciers & new theories concerning them. So directly from [underlined: here] that I can- not think he will claim dis- covery etc; If he does I will not be made poorer. Prof [Kneeland?] Sec Boston Institute of Technology gathered some letters I sent to Runkle & that Tribune letter & hashed them


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Oct 8


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0943

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