[John Muir]


[Kate N. Daggett?]


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when my eyes were quenched just at the spring-dawn of summer when the voice of the bluebird began to appear mingled with the first flowerwords of Erigenia & Anemone - but though in that terrible darkness I died to light, I lived again, & God who is Light has led me tenderly from light to light to the shoreless ocean of rayless beamless Spirit Light that bathes these holy mountains [J Muir?][in margin: Light]717 Yosemite Valley Dec 30th 1872[Salutation torn off]: To Mrs: Kate N. Daggett I have just this minute for the first time lighted your elegant lamp & I send you again most cordial thanks for so precious a gift This is the first St Germain lamp I have seen & it is certainly the most beautiful of all Light fountains, its forms have been composed by a true artist - Its many curves blend into song with scarce a discordant tone. The trill around the base of the chimney is all that my eye-ear, dislikes. The massive finely moulded foundation glows like an ice-polished dome, & the grateful green of the shade is like that of high glacier lakes If among the multitude of00641


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Dec 30


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 1045

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