John Muir


William Trout


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[Page 1b] less native talent than you. & the same is true of a good many others, especially among old country people. There is not one American in a thousand who could ever be of any account, nourish and educate them as you may, but in the obscure loves and byways of life, back among the cold shadows, there are many good, strong, pure souls who seem defrauded of the conditions of development, like seed upon poor ground. Yet, nevertheless, when I think of the real happiness of those who are blessed with contentment back in the solitudes, who have no artificial wants to provide for; and how little is often contained in what is called a successful life. I am the more reconciled to the fact that men like you remain unknown to the great noisy world and then you are at least a leader in


San Francisco, Calif.

Date Original

1877 Apr 22


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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1877 Apr 22 JM to WT

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MSS 2 M953t Trout

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1877 Apr 22 JM to WT p 1b


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