John Muir


[Ralph Waldo] Emerson


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I say again, come to Yosemite. I am making a log cabin where you can nestle in calm, & when we go to the upper Yosemites I will have a horse & tent ready for you. We will drift about the blessed mtn's softly as winged seeds, & every night I'll make you a better bed than Milton made for Adam, & you will not take cold for mtn trees are full of sunshine gums, & we'll make a sunrise of a fire, that will glow all through the night. You will learn how mountains are carved to this beauty, you will bathe in bodily beamless light, Light that contains rays that no chemist, no colorist ever found. You will drink pure Mtn' winds those glorious gul[illegible] streams of the sky, Come! To you it matters little how many inches you are from Concord. You are angeled & safe, come a whole year if you can. Think How a whole Yo- Semite year would shine in the middle sky of a life like yours. Perhaps too much has been written & perhaps these sheets may have some impertinence, but I'll not take any blame for they [illegible] themselves. I often looked down to my pen & asked, what are you saying? The mtns themselves are calling you. I wish you were here this night to be trotted & dumpled on this mountain knee, Most cordially yrs John Muir -


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Mar 26


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Reel 02, Image 0743

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