[John Muir]


[Kate N. Daggett?]


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articles that now enter a human home there be one that deserves to be crowned with beauty above [words cut out - from manuscript]: everything else it is the fountain of Light. The poet is the only work- man capable of making a candle- stick. It is delightful to observe how steadily Godborn beauty is flowing into all the handiwork of man. Nature is insinuating herself into every pore of humanity & it is oozing out in forms that are constantly becoming less & less impure, & those forms of purer & more direct Godfulness are coming not only from the study cells of the painter & architect & art poets in general recognized as such, but they are flowing from the workshop - from the foundry & the forge I know little of men, seeing them only afar off & in the lump, but standingas I now do on the mountain side & contemplating the various hives of industry among civilizations old & new, all looming on my vision, dim in the great sea- divided distances, I have this one big well defined faith for humanity as a workman, that the time is coming when every "article of manufacture" will be as purely a work of God as are these mountains & pine trees & bonnie looking flowers - I only meant to say you another warm thank-you, but the fresh dewy beauty of your sunrise lamp conjured & loosened these thoughts & sent them down to my page, as rain & frost loosen & send down trains of rattling rough angled rocks to Yosemite meadows I suppose our dear Mrs Carr has told you of the eclipse in my life, years ago


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Dec 30


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 1047

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Page 2


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