Geo[rge] Hansen


[John Muir]


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GEO. HANSENLANDSCAPE ARCHITECT2705 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CAL.ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,MUNICIPALITIES AND CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONSJune 3d, 1904.Friend of our Home,"Blessed are the poor in heart, for they shall see God"Thus ran By lesson for the day that I had just finished on the verands under the shade of a few belated Wistaria flowers and vines. I came in figuring yet how much house[Illegible] there was to do, when I got a full and, fair glimpse of the Goodness of the Allmighty in the letter, that you sent to this roof. We are not worthy of a continuation of such, but while yet under the dew of the eyes we send our souls' inspired greeting. How easy it is for some other one to hurt us to the quick with eve, a small offering and you, you who never saw us, you can spread your opening hand and shower over us, you who never saw a elimpse any of us, and we bow under such weight in meekness. The biggets dish on our burdened atble is "not meat alone", and as the manna always reaches to lip, and heart, we shall add your" Gold of Ophir to the boys fund (that-according to his wish-someday- shall furnish him either a college education or a trip like your last one) together first the coin that a good friend slipped "for good luck"into the pocket of his first pair of pants.I thank you for the good word of your daughter that had special warmness for the brave wife. Her example is the vision that leads me to follow the Star in the Host, her words are the breeze that keep me awake, her silence the depth that I build my faith on. There was a time when I, as boy, disgruntedly eyed the new suit and neckties that Santa Claus brought. "I would have had to have that anyhow" was the nasty youngster's idea. But when the mother came home from down-town the other day-with a coconut for the boy, and a bundle of two new shirts, a cake of Pears1 unscented soap and a pineapple for the old man: I wetted her hard hands with the crystal fluid of adoration. For had not this purchase been made with savings from the paltry rent? And is not this woman actually03370


Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1904-06-03 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 14, Image 0192

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