John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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2You are needed by the young men in our colleges. Solitude is a sublime mistress but an intolerable wife. When Heaven gives the sign leave the mountains, come to my house & live with me until you are tired of me & then I will show you to better people.Then came Gray & more fine rambles & sermons. He said "When you get ready come to Harvard. You have good & able & enthusiastic friends there & we will gladly push you ahead" etc etc etc So much for Ha-a-a-rvard. But you must surely know that I never for a moment though of leaving God's big show. for a mere profship, call who may. The Agassiz sayings you refer to are more nearly true than the college ones. Yosemite was my home when Agassiz was in San Francisco, & I never saw him. When he was there I wrote him a long icy letter telling what glorious things I had to show him & urging him to come to the mountains.Bancroft Library


Martinez [Calif]

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