Louie [Strentzel Muir]
4The trip up the Hudson was delightful Went as far as West Point to Castle [Crags?] the residence of the Osborns – charming [drives?] in the green flowery woods & strange to say all the views are familiar for the landscapes are all freshly glacial Not a line in any of the scenery that is not a glacial line, The same is true of all the region hereabouts. I found glacial [scoring?] on the rocks of Central Park even. Last Wednesday evening Johnson & I started for Boston, & we got back this morning making the trip both ways in the night to economize time. After looking at the famous buildings, parks monuments etc we took the train for Concord, wandered through the famous Emerson Village, dined with Emersons son. Visited the concord bridge where the first blood of the revolution was shed & where “the shot was fired heard round the world” Went through lovely ferny flowery woods & meadows to the hill cemetery & laid flowers on Thoreaus & Emersons graves. I think016785[letterhead]it is the most beautiful graveyard I ever saw it is on a hill perhaps 150 feet high in the woods of pine oak beech maple etc. & all the ground is flowery Thoreau lies with his father mother & brother not far from Emerson & Hawthorne. Emerson lies between two white pine trees one at his head the other at feet & instead of a mere tombstone or monument there is a mass of white quartz rugged & angular wholly uncut - just as it was blasted from the ledge. I dont know where it was obtained. There is not a single letter or word on this grand natural monument It seems to have been [swept?] there by a glacier, & the soil he sleeps in is glacial drift almost wholly unchanged since first this country saw the light at the close of the glacial period. There are many other graves here though it is not one of the old cemeteries. Not one of them is raised above ground. Sweet Kindly mother Earth
1893 Jun 12/13
Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1058
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