[John Muir]


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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[1872] Yosemite Valley March 16thDear Mrs Carr, Yours of Feb 26 reached me today & as I have a chance to send you a hasty line by an Indian who is going to Mariposa I would say that I dear you are giving yourself far too much trouble about those little fragments. If they or any other small pieces that chance to the end of my pen give you and Doctor any pleasure I am well paid, Very few friends besides will care for them. If you conclude to publish Twenty Hill Hollow. I want you to correct my statement that the Lark of the Hollow & the Eastern lark are identical in species. They are so similar in size color & gestures, that I took them to be the same although there is a marked difference in the songs. According to Dr Newberry the Cal' Meadow lark is Sturnella neglecta instead of S' Ludoviciana, You don't understand my reference to Ruskins Moderation. Dont you remember that he speaks in some of his books about the attributes of Nature "Repose" "Moderation" etc He says many true & beautiful things of Repose but weak & uninspired things concerning Moderation, telling us most solemnly that Nature is never immoderate! & that if he had the power & the paint he would have "Moderation" brushed in big capitals upon all the doors & lintels of Art factories & Manufacturies[in margin: I have material for some outline glacier maps, but as I had no barometer last fall I have no definite depths of canons or heights. If you think they would be worth presenting to the wise Congress of next summer, I will send them. Emerson told me hurry done with the mtns I dont see how he knows I am meddling with them. Have you told him He says I may go East with [illegible] I will not be done here for several years I am glad to know that the Doctor preaches. I think that I might be admitted to his Church ]


Yosemite Valley

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1872 Mar 16


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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