John Muir


[John Daniel] Runkle


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[Page 2] Did ever Nature give more glorious vocal confirmation to words of mortal. Did she ever boom out a more audible Amen. I hope to see the instruments you promised in time for spring use. I will work hard. I sometimes think that I have spent too much time on letters etc. Emerson sent me his essays a short time ago and a letter most kindly written. He startles me by saying in a [ ] mood that I shall certainly settle on the Atlantic Coast soon or late. His merely saying this made feel as if half drawn out of this Yosemite pouch. Since the quake storm I have thought of my mountain mother as wearing common bones and flesh - a marsupial with many a Yosemite pouch. Who wouldn’t believe Darwin when Yosemite shakes herself like a water spaniel and when her huge domes dance and drift loose and free as foam bells at the foot of a waterfall. I will make “Blacks” my headquarters this summer. But I am building a cabin in a thicket of cornus bushes up by Lamons. It will be a calm nest for you and your wife to spend a whole round summer in. Hoping that you will not allow my small papers to trouble you I am ever most cordially yrs John Muir


Yosemite Valley [Calif.]

Date Original

1872 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier

1872 Apr 3 JM to Runkle

File Identifier

MSS 307 Muiriana

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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1872 Apr 3 JM to Runkle p2


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