spangles on rivers & lakes, light on the myraid stars of the snow, light sifthing through the angels of sun-[illegible]icebergs, light in glacier caves, missed spray raft= ing from white waterfalls, and the light of calm starry nights beheld from mountain tops dipping deep into the clear air.Aye my lassie it is a blessed thing to go [from?] in the light of this beauti -ful world to see God playing upon every thing, as a man would play on an musical instrument: His fingers upon the lightning & [illegible] [stricken word] any name of sea & sky and every living thing, [illegible] old together [illegible] & shine in [illegible]etc. some awakening of the Universe [illegible]what [illegible] milk so for & wide, now you are so over, and when I shall soon see you face to face. 01257Martinez Cal. Feb. 23-'87 "My Dear Friend J-Have you really turned into a woman, & have you really come to California, the land of the sun, & Yosemite & a' that. through the whirl of all those years, Seas between us [illegible]has soared, my lassie, since the auld lange syne, and many a storm has roared over head mountains and plains since last we parted, yet - however are but little changed in all that signifies, saved from many dangers that we know, & from many more that we never shall know - kept - alive and well by a thousand thousand miracles.Twenty years! How long and how short a time that seems today,
1887 Feb 23
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0784