Susan Merrill Farnam


John Muir


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[2]It gives one comfort to know that you find a God in nature- So many of our wise men and philosophers get lost in the mists of doubt - that often their conclusions - or their questionings cast a shadow over the life l[illegible] f[illegible]th - of those who read - I wish I could know more of your ideas on this very subject. I have been looking over into the [illegible]er l[illegible] the past few months - and my soul has sometimes been in darkness.[3]"My heart and my flesh cry out for the [illegible] god" It would give me comfort to know that one who has studied nature as you have, find Him there. Another question - The idea of anything being "lost" is intensely painful to me. the spirit of man - the life of a tree - and specially of an animal - Is it to go out into nothingness [illegible] [illegible] this life, God given - to continue to exist. These beautiful, intelligent dogs, that


Fruitvale [Calif.?]

Date Original

1903 Jun 14


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0660

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