John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr[


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[2]but again the chilling answer is reiterated, but could we but live a million of years, then how delightful to spend in perfect content- ment so many thousand years in quiet study in college, so many amid the grateful dim of machines, so many among human pain, so many thousands in the sweet study of nature among the dingles and and dells of Scotland, and all the other less important parts of our world. Then perhaps might we, with at least a show of reason, "shuffle off this mortal coil and look back upon our star with something of satisfaction; I should be ashamed if shame might be in the other world, if any of the powers, virtues, essences etc should ask one for common knowledge concerning our world which I could not bestow -, But away with this aged structure and we are back to our hand- ful of hasty years half gone, all of course for the best did we but know all of the Creators plan concerning us, In our higher state of existence we shall have time & intellect for study - Eternity - with perhaps the whole unlimited creation of God as our field should satisfy us, and make us patient & trustful, while we pray with the Psalmist "Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" I was struck with your remarks about our real home as being a thing of stillness and peace - how little does the outer & noisy world in general know of that "real home" & real inner life, happy indeed they who have a friend to whom they can unmask the workings of their real life, sure of sympathy & forbearance. I sent for the book which you recom- mend. I have just been reading a short sketch of the00359


Trouts Mill, [Canada]

Date Original

[1865] Sep 13


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 39.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0710

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