Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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doubtful [ancestry shepherd & I know not what?] never saw such sudden transition from the depths of terror the icy valley of the shadow of death to triumphant b[illegible] joy life blazed out in [illegible] joy – rolling over [illegible] [barking?] laughly boundery running round & round turning head over heels – etc. as if sure of being [illegible] [illegible] & merry a smell of dead [illegible], ran [illegible] [& a?] [illegible] of woods The [dignity?] of danger [illegible] the last [illegible] that we all must [illegible] I [illegible] over the way I had come, the [illegible] up & down the [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] A plain humdrum unspeculative little fellow, who had up to this done nothing or said nothing to attract my attention. Sober serious dull. But as brothers in danger & distress how well we became acquainted that day. His [illegible]ploring look [how?] much humanity in it, had he the gift of speech he could not have told his terror better as he cried out on the brink of the terrible chasm. The fear & innocent anguish No bewilderment but steady concentrated gaze down into the awful icy depths All this was in his eye & gestures He was a dull insignificant thing & I had hardly noticed him, could make nothing of him [Intensely?] fresh smell. [illegible] & [spaciousness?] Cold splendor of the dawn glory to God in the highest peace on earth & good will to men Tremendous silence – lonliness..[in margin: No soft smooth melancholy smothered in woods]My dear Mr. Muir:-Mrs. Cheney and hope it will be your pleasure to give us the honor of your company at a quiet, informal dinner at our house, (900 O'Farrell St., corner of Polk) next Tuesday evening at half past six o'clock. We have invited two mighty good fellows from the Stanford University, Professor Anderson (English literature) and Mr. Woodruff (librarian). We have assured them that you will be present, and you must not disappoint us.Very sincerely yours,[illegible] San Francisco, Dec. 12, 1891.


Raymond, Calif.

Date Original

1891 Dec 7


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 40 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0413

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Page 4


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