Louie [Strentzel Muir]
6has taken them back to her bosom whence they came. I did not imagine I would be so moved at sight of the resting places of these grand men as I found I was. & I could not help thinking how glad I would be to feel sure that I would also rest here. But I suppose it cannot be – for mother will be in Portage You spoke in your last letter about grandpas tomb & asked advice. I feel that the question should be decided by grandma. My opinion & feelings on the subject you know already & I will be perfectly satisfied with whatever she does assisted by yourself. As to burying grandpa with Johnnie & the little girl & your uncle I think it is far better than burying at Martinez on account of the steep hill, & in case it should become desirable the bodies could be removed at any time Not for many generations at least would there be any change required – but the Creek bank would have to be attended to by planting willows & other trees –016787After leaving Thoreau & Emerson we walked through the woods to Walden pond. It is a beautiful lake about half a mile long fairly embosomed like a bright dark eye in wooded hills of smooth moraine gravel & sand & with a rich leafy under growth of huckleberry willow & young oak bushes etc & grass & flowers in rich variety. No wonder Thoreau lived here two years. I could have enjoyed living here 200 years or 2000. It is only about 1 ½ or 2 miles from Concord. A mere saunter, and how people should regard Thoreau as a hermit on account of his little delightful stay here I cannot guess. We visited also Emersons home, & were shown through the house. It is just as he left it, his study, books, chair, bed etc. & all the paintings & engravings etc gathered in his foreign travels. Also San Thoreaus Village residence & Hathornes old manse & other houses
1893 Jun 12/13
Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1060
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