J. Helder


John Muir


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PersonalPort Washington, OhioJune 18, 1906My dear Mr. Muir:-I expected to attend the N.E.A. meeting at San Francisco this summer, and hence, have the great pleasure of paying you a visit before leaving California. But the sad misfortune which befell your city has also caused us to postpone our meeting. I have not seen you for a long time, and I am also very anxious to talk over with you a matter concerning my present welfare. Under the circumstances may I present the matter by letter? - The present wide-spread disbelief in individual immortality has disturbed me very much. I cannot understand why so many great minds have come to the same conclusion as was reached by Prof. Dr. Os[illegible]wald in his recent Harvard lecture on Individuality and Immortality — that there is no personal immortality after death. How can the human soul abandon all aspiration for persistence of personal identity after death? How can reason feel satisfied with the belief that immortality consists in the effect each individual has on the advancement of the race?(over)03743


Port Washington

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1906-06-18 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.

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