John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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[2]I wish that I lived as near you as to be able to call in at such times and have a good earnest social chat upon subjects one thousand and one, together with some supplements and [illegible] We live in a r[illegible] and romantic hollow which I think I described in my last. Our social advantages are of course few and for my part I do not seek to extend my acquaintances but work and study and dream on this retirement happy in being so comfortably seperated from the worlds noisy dust but regretting the absence of friends. Our tall-tall forest trees are now all alive; and the mingled ocean of blossom and leaves, [wave?] and Ourl, and rise, in rounded swells farther and farther away, like the thick smoke from a factory chimney. Freshness & beauty are everywhere. flowers are born every hour, - living sunlight is poured over all and every thing & creature is glad, - our world is indeed a beautiful one, and I was just thinking on going to church last Sabbath that I would hardly accept of a free ticket to the moon or to Venus or any other world, for fear it might not be so good and so fraught with the glory of the creator as our own - those miserable hymns such as these "This world is all a fleeting show for mans delusion given" do not at all correspond with my likings and I am sure they do not with yours I wish Emily that you could be so near or I as near that we could take an occasional ramble together to bot[illegible] and to admire these glorious mani- festations of creative skill I hope we may at some time. I shall take great delight in showing you my specimens, I have some rare ones and I know that you would appreciate them


Near Meaford, [Canada]

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1865 May 23

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