James M. Hay


John Muir


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[6]enable the reader more closely to follow your steps & appreciate your remarks. Then there was that other story of the Lunar Rainbow of Silver light and the extraordinary manifestation of the Aurora Borealis such as few have witnessed but yourself. But you must have a thousand stories as good, all stowed away in that repertoir of thine. Marshall them all out. Then what an experience must be yours since you first penetrated those regions, and your footsteps were actually planted on virgin soil.--how you managed to live for days & weeks, sustaining your vital energies on[7]a little oatmeal, reminding one of those wise Scottish philosophers of Edinburgh who in their motto boasted that they cultivated Literature on the same good common but honest and nutricious cereal; your narrow & hairsbreadth escapes like those of Othello, by flood & field. You could deftly interweave a lot of this into your work. You may say that that would be too personal, well, what of that, why should it not be personal? Let it by all means be personal. & let yourself be identified with your work. Now may God bless you & have a charge over you as one of his darling children, missioned to reveal some of His grandest works unto us who stay at home01806


Liverpool, [England]

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Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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