[Charles Dwight] Willard
John MuirDear Mr WillardI treasure your noble letter as the best of my new year blessings. I have been one of your many admirers from the first day we met, and admiration has been growing ever greater as I saw how bravely you held on your way against deadly odds digging hard and deep for bed-rock foundations, making ladders out of disease and pain, climbing higher higher into the calm heights of life like God's strong aspiring pine-trees going straight to the heavens, nourished by their own decaying brances and leaves.
[1912 Dec 29]
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Reel 20, Image 1541
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