Geo[rge] T. Elliot
[illegible] - partly though their own winning ways, and partly through their power to stir the imagination - into sympathy with the vast Spirit of Nature. To love even these little things is not to waste one's life; for in losing one's life in this way one often unexpectedly finds his human sympathies cleaner and keener through his nature-sympathies. I beg your pardon; I ought not to [see?] the silence of the forest aisles with my suburban peeping voice; but I am sure you will understand the spirit, if the voice can only peep.Geo. T. Elliot.88 [Dunbay?] St.Brighton, Mass. 10/17/02Dear John Muir:-I am a boy of almost fifty, who, thanks to your pen, have played with you a great deal. I have been with you on the Alaskan glacier; I have made friends with the rattlesnake in Yo-Semite; I have shared your tramp with [Brownie?]; I have slept out with you under the sky, until I think I ought to tell you the name of one more of those (and there are a great many of them, all over the English-speaking world) who have the habit of saying "Dear John Muir". And then I want you to play a minute with me - this way. I love the woods and the hills, and though I 03078
1902 Oct 17
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