Joseph Pickard


John Muir


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[10]but feel what he describes or relates. His writings are stamped with his individuality. His descriptions are made more vivid by touches of personality. He has published but one book - "The Mountains of California", which [illegible] says the N.Y Witness, "high [rank?] among productions of American naturalists for the information it contains, and yet reads like a novel." Another work is in preparation on the national parks & reservations, portions of which work have already appeared in magazines, I believe. He has first & last published about 8 score articles in magazines & newspapers, which have brought the world knowledge of the mountain ranges of western N.A. with their glaciers & forests, their Flora & Fauna, - the meteorology & Geology of all that region from Southern California to the Arctic Circle. He has discovered 65 residual glaciers in the High Sierra. The forests have been his home. Some one has said - "For 20 years[11]6he has been a voice crying in the wilderness - 'Save the forests!'" To him more than to any other man are due the Yosemity & Sequoia National Parks, and the great reservation of of the Sierra forests. "Why has not his man been caught and caged as a Professor by some one of our universities?" do you ask. Professor hunters have been after him, but he declines to be taken, saying he "wishes to be more than a professor heard of or not. Too many professors compared with sutdents are in the field." Such is the man, a child of Nature, & therefore, or not less - a child of God - humble reverent, devoutly worshipful - may I not add - prayerful - for I hold with Coleridge that to love is to pray. He writes "Farewell, farewell ! but this I tell "To thee, thou Wedding Guest, "He prayeth well, who loveth well "Both man & bird & beast. "He prayeth best, who loveth best" etc etc02841


Maywood, I11.

Date Original

1901 Feb 15


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 11, Image 0611

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Page 6


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