John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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41Martinez May 3, 1895My dear Mr Johnson.To both your questions the answer is No. I hate this personal rubbish & I have always sheltered myself as best I could in the thickest shade I could find, celebrating only the glory of God as I saw it in nature.The foundations for the insignificant stories you mention are as far as I know about as follows. More than 20 years ago Prof. Runkle was in Yosemite & I took him into the adjacent wilderness & of course night & day preached to him the gospel of glaciers. When he went away he urged me to go with him saying the Institute of Technology in Boston was the right place for me, that I could have the choice of several professorships there & every facility for fitting myself for the duties required etc etc.Then came Emerson & more preaching. He said Don't tarry too long in the woods. Listen for the word of your guardian angel,Bancroft Library


Martinez [Calif]

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