Annie K. Bidwell


John Muir


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[3]great canons [diacritic], dashing waters, mighty peaks, exquisite lakes surprising us by their beauty as well as by their existence.No pictures on canvas possess, for me, this magic power. I live the days over and over, with all the pleasant personal memories included for we have been blessed in our camping companions. How they have opened our eyes to read in the books they have also opened to us! Some have passed beyond; and are[2]among the stars!Do you remember that night near Lassen when we slept under the [pines?], and stars, with saddles as pillows and the heavens for tent? And how you upbraided us for sleeping at all, under such glorious trees, and stars! How immense and brilliant the stars seemed! When these pictures rise before me they bring with them sweet odors of pines, with their wild music, or solemn stillness, and the exhilerating emotions elicited by the


[Rancho Chico, Calif]

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Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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