Geo[rge] Hansen


[John Muir]


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thoughts for my friends and all friends when I woke up again in the night and continued where I had left off "and forgive our debt as we forgive our debtors".I write these lines, and address then to your wife. You are a "all of one mind" and I [illegible] mean these lines for everyone in your household, hoping that someday, one of you shall drop in and show his or her face in lovingkindness. But the ultimate destination for these 1ines shall be with you. You, man of plain garb and true heart , where are you? The morning paper tells us of jailbreak and yellow war streaks, but not a line of what would tend to build up the Kingdom of God. Do you now walk under Cypress or Bamboo? It is only gradually, gradually that learn t? love my brother as myself, and almost tremble when I believethat I also will have to love the [illegible] as I love my bindentree. How can I? Is the music of the tamtam as sweet as the vibration of the harp? Is the [illegible] of the leathery foliage as the [illegible] of the soft network of a maple? a beech ? - And yet, God lives in all of them, and, I dare say, by the time I again read the chapters of the prophet who wrote on t he [illegible], I shall now hide my face, and ash forgiveness of the "Great Spirit". --- Travel, friend, walk and rest, be it under Magnolias, be it under Breadfruitterees. Then come home, your lungs laden as mine are, now with the fragrance of the moistened earth. Breath out your tales of field and forest, and be again one of us, one under your vinetree, one with your quail find cricket. Buy that time my crutches shall bloon. They have already cracked their dry lignum. And as you, some day, walk near this home, I can again stand on my feet, I can stretch out an arm, I can [illegible] of my fellow man. Believe it, as I know it, the [illegible] is filling the cleansed pores and shall odwell forever in the [illegible] tabernacle.Blessings for you all from [illegible] George Hansen


Berkeley [Calif.]

Date Original

1903 Oct 9


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0838

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