John Muir


J[oseph] C. Powell


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wh. gave -. world a Homer & a Milton. The oral [tradition?] -. uncultivated man were - germs - written history, & science found its origin -. State - primitive society, when - earth was new, & every animal was obliged to assert its rights to life & perpetuity, on the same basis - external condition; nude - body, & undeveloped - mind. How comes it that man alone, the very weakest in infancy; the most helpless - physical structure, to assert might over multitudes monsters - form; our enemies armed - nature - terrific power; amid xtremes - heat & cold; has survived & conquered wilderness - earth, & planted - standard - Divinity over every portion -. habitable world. To me, the answer - speculative metaphysics- too cold & meaningless. Tho' To day, its doctrines claim - applause -. highest intellects, & - popular approval: to-morrow, they may be forgotten, as - tide - sciences moves on, throwing new light toward - nebulae -. unknown world. The [faith?] that - within me, based on convicte & reason, - - that power wh. - "same yesterday, to-day & forever"


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1901 Oct 15


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0891

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Page 4


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