[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[6]for some of the Magazines & I am almost tempted to try it, only I am afraid that this would distract my mind from my main work more than the distasteful & depressing labor of the mill or of guiding. What do you think about it? Suppose I should give some of the journals my first thoughts about this glacier work as I go along & afterwards gather them & press them for the Boston wise Or will it be better to hold my whee[illegible] & say it all at a breath You see how practical I have become & how fully I have burdened you with my little affairs Perhaps you will ask "What plan are you going to pursue in your work well here it is - the only book I ever have invented. First I will describe [7]each glacier with its brututaries separately, then describe the rocks & hills & mountains over wh they have flowed or past wh they have flowed. endeavoring to prove that all of the various forms wh these rocks now have is the necessary result of the ice action in connection with their structure & cleavage etc Also the different kinds of canons & lake basins & meadows wh they have made. Then armed with this data I will come down to Yosemite where all of my ice has come & prove that each dome & brow & wall, & every grace & spire & brother is the necessary result of the delicately balanced blows of well directed & combined glaciers against the parent rocks wh contained them, only thinly covered & moulded in some instance by the subsequent action of water etc



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[1871] Sep 8


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

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