W. Borland


[John Muir]


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[2]not build up a[illegible]ile & simple style like that. I wish to assure you of the great pleasure I have derived from your writings. Perhaps should be mistaken were its speak of great profit; for I am not so constituted as to make the most of your treasury of nature-lore. I understand your keen interest in the small things of nature; but, though I was brought up in the midst of Nit[illegible]dale on a farm, I have never felt that interest. In a way I love & appreciate the fine effects & influences of nature, & have read a little natural science: but my experience convinces me that without the inborn love of the earth & of the birds & beasts & creeping things on the face of it, one doesn't become a lover of nature in the true sense. Such books as you write, however, have given me times of[3] 2.insight, & even of enthusiasm; & I am grateful for these. I shall never forget the pleasure of discovering - through your friends the Lunams - a source of pure pleasure in your books, which have opened my eyes to many things which I should otherwise have missed. I feel as if I knew you personally through them, & Dunbar, & the Lunams, & the Davidsons. [Dr.?]Tom Davidson is married to my wife's only sister, & I remember also [Dr.?] Austruther Davidson, his brother, whom you know better I think. What a discipline life has been in your case, & what a pleasure too!Pardon this egotistical note of thanks, It may serve to show you how you have influenced many who may not seem to have much in common with that which is the life of you. We are all in one "bundle of life" together, & the human note makes us all tingle & thrill, though we05876


Portola, Victoria [Austr.]

Date Original

1914 Nov 1


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

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Reel 22, Image 0759

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Page 2


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