Geo[rge] Hansen


[John Muir]


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GEO. HANSENLANDSCAPE ARCHITECT2705 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CAL.ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,MUNICIPALITIES AND CHEMETRY ASSOCIATIONSSpt.20th., 1902.My dear Sir, What a beautifull thing to be alone just the[illegible]n when you ought to be alone from company of strangers, those that you do not feel like embracing and shedding your tears a on their necks. But I wished for wife and babe when your letter, your message of sound and echo from hill-tope and valley banks came to me this morning. But the mother in called away to cheer the old and very sick mother up home in [illegible]- County, and the babe, of course, had to go along to shed sunshine and heaven's hope into the sould of the brave old pioneer that faced the plains in '50. So I was alone, as I had sent away to market the lady that takes care of my wants while alone. If only my legs were limber, I feel sure I would have sunk on my knees as I have not done since a boy. But I had to satisfy my overflowing heart in cries and sobs, and then feel stranger and more eager to work than ever. Cripple that I am, I could not dream of a man on the globe that could tempt me to change mv lot. Not even you, wholesouled friend, a man so overwhelming in his frankness, in his naturalness as you, you protege or the sequoias . I have a wife as noble an the sugar-pines that she is born under, and a child, that is as I told you "just a California sapling ". To win to [illegible] care and tenderness of her and to guard and care for the growth of the latter : could a man seek more sacred duties ? Since I walk on fours, I an like a child, I an closer to the ground, and I feel that I am stranger than when I walked " erect", and was less conscious of the bottom that gave me life.Do not let me write more today. It is only a few weeks since I an up from a sickbed, so weak that the good wife had to turn me to change my[03057]


Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1902 Sep 20


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0648

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