Joseph Pickard


John Muir


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[12]If Wordsworth & Muir could have met! What contrarity in the men, yet what unity in the love of Nature! Both would say Come forth into the light of things Let Nature be your teacher. She has a world of read wealth Our hearts & minds to bless - Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health, Truth breathed by cheerfulness. One impulse from a vernal wood etc - you know the poem. and these lines: "I am still "A lover of the meadows & the woods "And mountains, & of all that we behold "From this green earth; of all the mighty world "Of eye & ear". "Of ear" - this [reminds?] me to say that Mr. Muir not only sees but hears. Within is an inner ear, a spiritual aeolian harp attuned to all harmonies. To him the woods sing:[in margin: [Pick?] and sketch of M[illegible].][13][7?]there is music in the whispering pine as the wind in passing touches the needles into vibration; the brook sings; streams are tuneful - all nature is God's harp: we may almost believe his ear catches the "ninefold harmony" of the "nine enfolded spheres." After reading the foregoing, I read your letter to me of last February & [then?] told of our first meeting, of your wonderful clocks & other inventions, & what I knew of your life before you went to California. Then to prove the truth of what I had said previously, I read selected passages from your book. All that to the "20th Century Club" of Maywood. I told them your book should be in the library of every one of their homes. All were interested & thanked me heartily, and then asked sundry02841


Maywood, I11.

Date Original

1901 Feb 15


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0613

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Page 7


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