Jeanne [C.] Carr


[John Muir]


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3and whatever the hard, cold facts might be, I always believed in the honesty and sincerity of the narrator. When he had finished he said; 'if it is possible, and I die first, I will try to make you understand how natural it is, no super about it!!"I went at his request to his death bed; and he assured me that he had just seen the spirit of a little daughter buried at Salt Lake, and that his mother came and went all through the previous night. He was as clear in mind as I ever saw him. And now, of Flora, whose death occurred more than a year ago, let me tell you with a bit of preface.There was a festival gotten up for a benefit to the Unitarian-Universalist Church topage 42requested me to stay with her as she feared he would be gone all night. I complied, and she, not feeling well, retired, leaving me enjoying a book by the fire.After midnight, I heard his step, and presently he came into the sitting room, and dropped into a rocking chair as if utterly exhausted.I stepped in to the kitchen & brought him a cup of tea or coffee from the still warm stove, which he took very gratefully; and soon after broke out in a suppressed tone. "My God! my eyes, these very eyes Mrs Carr, have seen the curtain lifted. I have watched the most beautiful thing my eyes will every see. the whole process of reembodiment. I want to tell you now, before I forget one feature of it." And so he did: very impressively, but without waking Mrs. Congerin page 36.Out of my own experience & cannot understand how one can so completely lose interst in the life that now is, or the infinite vanity of perfumers. I have not lost any affection for one that life has brought to my shanty of a soul, where it grows out a temple Each will have his statue and inscription.I enjoy the book more and more. taking it in sips and dips.You ought to bring Louie and the girls and we will take you to Echo Mt. & make a Lion of you for the growing menagerie.G Wharton James enquired if I had ever met Mr Muir; would like to make his acquaintance. "So would I; G Wharton, it should be made every seven years;" measured thus we shall soon need to be introduced.Jeanne Carr


[Pasadena, Calif?]

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