[John Muir and family]
GEO. HANSENLANDSCAPE ARCHITECT3706 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY,CAL.ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,MUNICIPALITIES AND CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONS"[illegible] July nil., 2905. [illegible]Dear fother and mother and sisters, [illegible]We let the child go on with his , cheery play while we, bend, the hearts athrobbing, over the worning-news that tells of the affliction in your home. A man's heart deviseth his way: but Lord directeth his steps, and from the desert you have returned to fan coolness to the heated template of the one that stayed "home", stayed home and kept home. home for your bodies, under roof end at table, and home for your souls in benediction and prayer.It is but few nights since when I sat up in the balming evening hours and watched the stars that man was sending skyward in brightest [illegible] as they rose, they fell short of the eternaly lighted ones up there in His [illegible]; seing those stars, your mother was seing them. and we were seing them. Perchance you thought of us, as I thought of all of you, and we enjoyed the at-one-ment of Mind. I tell you how you were brought so close to me, that I could call the good wife and tell her" Mother. I smell Alhambra Valley". It was for the first time that the heat of the valley had freed the oils of gladness that the weeds of the fields, the Lilies, had accumulated for their annual offering, and so great was the wave of frankincense that it overflowed to me at the base of the holy hill.Gratefully have I, have we, taken in the sweet smelling savour, and it is for us today, to bring back, manifold, the good that was extended to us. And how shall it be? It is said that voice shall be03591
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