[John Muir]


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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of the whole world!! etc etc as near as I can recollect. The heavy masonry of the Sierra suns immoderate to some - I am astonished at your copying those dry tattered notes. People speak of writing with one foot in the grave. I write most of those winter notes with one foot in bed while stupid with the weariness of Hutchings logs., I'm not going to die until donw with my glaciers. As for that glacier wh you propose to construct out of your letter & Le Contes I cannot see how a balanced unit can be made from such material. I had a letter from Emerson the other day of wh I told you in another letter. He prophesies in the same dialect that you are accustomed to use that I shall one day go to the Atlantic Coast. He knows nothing of my present ice work. I read your Hindu extracts with much interest. I am glad to know by you & Emerson & others living & dead that my unconditional surrender to Nature has produced exactly what you have forseen - that drifting without human charts through light & dark calm & storm I have come to so glorious an ocean. But more of this bye & bye As for that idea of mountain models. I told Runkle last fall that a model in plaster paris of a section of the sierra reaching to the summits including Yo Sem' would do more to convince people of the truth of our glacial theory of the formation of the valley & of Canons in general than volumes of rocky argument because magnitudes are so great only very partial views are obtained. He agreed with me & promised to send me a box with plaster for a model three or four feet long, & instruments Barometer level, etc but it has not come. I am in no [in margin: hurry. I want to see all the world. I am going to be down about the golden gate looking for a month to a portion of my [illegible] I answered two other of yours dated 4th & 8th Feb. But the letter is still here. I will ask only this with Lo Farewell with love to all]00578


Yosemite Valley

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1872 Mar 16


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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