Geo[rge] Hansen


[John Muir]


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GEO. HANSENLANDSCAPE ARCHITECT2705 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CAL.ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,MUNICIPALITIES AND CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONSJan., 12th., 1906.Dear Father,Your letter arrived but hours ago. Not knowing what to write, I yet sit down to it, knowing that I have your love to overlook what may appear as being of little sense.The rains pour in torrents outside, in fact, poured all night. And we impatient mortals have been filling he newspaper-columns with clamour and prediction of calamity for months past. - I say "we" purposely. For free as I feel from ever so many limitations, I, yet, acknowledge my "unbelief". But the Allmighty is helping my weakness. He it was who sent a man to us during these last years, of whom I recollect only,[and never to recollect any thing else], the pointing-out to me of one passage of the Scriptures. "Read the tenth verse of the 46th. Psalm". -I read it, and have lived it since. It says "Be still, and know that I am God". And as another "Man of God" has taught me to spell God, Good, I realize in my trials the peace that is past understanding.Many and many a time have I re-read the fourth psalm, the one that my eyes were turned to when I prayed for the mortal shell that this imperfect world knew as your wife. It is indeed "turning His glory into shame" when we, doubting, ask "Who will shew us any good?". For, of a truth, "He has put gladness in my heart, in our heart, more than in the time that the corn and the wine of the others increased". --And I then fold the peacefull hands of my soul, and continue" I will both lay me down and sleep; for thou, Lord, only maketh me dwell in safety".And in "safety I dwell". For what this foolish world thinks to be my" thorn in the flesh", I laugh at it as a hollow scarecrow, and thank03678


Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1906-01-12 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 16, Image 0033

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