Cora Cressey Crow


John Muir


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[6]glowing with the beauties of nature and a scientific knowledge of them and who made one realize how much of beauty there is in our daily environment which we continually pass by unnoticed then the magnificent views which burst before us at every turn as we began the descent into the Yosemite Creek Basin, so beautifully "[paved?] with do[illegible]" and where you aptly took your first lessons in Nature's sculpture, the trees, rocks and flowers all came in for their share of attention and from the depths of our degenerate brains we realized how superficial is the knowledge gleaned from books when this page of Nature was ofered to us and her hieroglyphics transferred into plain prose by a certain ROSETTA STONE at our sides! I write this as Ina Coolbrith did when telling a friend she had pleuro-pneumonia, saying, "I write it in capitals because that's the way I had it." Indeed I feel like using capitals to describe the entire trip, but my limited supply of ink incapacitates me; from making even as large an exclamation point as yours after you had said something particularly nice about the members of Camp Cuervo, however, "a woman does not mind, having a dozen or more such compliments to string on the rosary of her remembrances," so I thank you very much "for the Crows[illegible]" Kindly tell Mrs. Muir I shall take great pleasure in meeting her, in that she knew my father, knowing and liking him, which were one and the same thing, is the open sesame to my heart. Tell Wanda and Helen that we have no beautiful forests at El Cuervo but if they want ot learn to ride horseback to come up and let Paul teach them. he is a very busy little lad these days-practices on the piano an hour a day and studies well. but isn't overly fond of his books I am afraid.


Crow's Landing [Calif]

Date Original

circa [1895 Sep]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 08, Image 1209

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Page 4


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