[William Trout]


John Muir


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[Page 2] Only partial views and arriving at onesided conclusions. When my companion went first into the eastern entrance of the main building we ascended the first stair landed in the gallery of the Massachusetts Inst. Of Technology from this point we look down the full length of the building or at least as far as the vision could carry the immensity of the concern was the first impression. The grandeur of the display was the second and then the conclusion that after all it was only a huge combined advertising concern and except in the government departments of the different nations and in some parts of the Art gallery where prices are not affixed to the pictures that impression never leaves you. The great number of cases like so many shop windows with merchantable [Page 3] Goods is what makes this feature so prominent. When we get down to the centre of the main building and fully take in the scene our admiration rises here a magnificent transverse arch crosses the main longitudinal of the building very noticeable above in large letters are the names of the four grand divisions of the earth with characteristic artistic representation and a few names of their great men. On the floor the main aisle was crossed by one equally large at the centre was a fountain and an elevated place for an orchestra. The middle space of each of those great aisles was occupied by a close row of long seats where weary ones like could rest and enjoy the music such music as I never heard before. A crack band from Boston occupied


Peterboro, Canada

Date Original

1876 Oct 29


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier

1876 Oct 29 To Friend John

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MSS 2 M953t Trout

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1876 Oct 29 To Friend John p 2 and 3


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