[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[4]upper rocks only three days & am hungry for exercise already Prof' Runkle, President of the Boston Institute of Technology was here last week & I preached my glacial theory to him for five days taking him into the canons of the valley & up among the grand glacier wombs & pathways of the summit. He was fully con- vinced of the truth of my readings & urged me to write out the glacial system of Yosemite & its tributaries for the Boston Academy of science I told him that I meant to write my thoughts for my own use & that I would send him the manuscript & if he & his wise scientific brothers thought it of sufficient interest they might publish it He is going to send me some instruments & I mean to go over all the glacier basins carefully working untill driven down by the snow [1] #74 [1871] Yosemite Sep 8thDearest friend Mrs Carr I am sorry that King made you uneasy about me He does not understand me as you do & you must not heed him so much He thinks that I am melancholy & above all that I require polishing. I feel sure that if you were here to see how happy I am & how ardently I am seeking a knowledge of the rocks you could not call me away but would gladly let me go with only God & his written rocks to guide me You would not think of calling me to make machines or a home, or of rubbing me against other minds, or of setting me up for measurement No dear friend you would say 'Keep your mind untramelled & pure go unfrictioned - unmeasured & God give you the true meaning & interpretation of his mountains"00612



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[1871] Sep 8


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

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