in this score of years how many times the sky has been light & dark & the ground betwen us been shining with - rain & snow & sun & how many times the [stricken word] years & hrs have bloomed [stricken words] . And yet for a' that & a' that [stricken words] you seem just the same Janet & time & space & events - hide you less than the thinnest veil. Wonderful indeed is the permanence of the unprin[illegible] of those sunrise days more enduring than the Granite Mountains [stricken words] Into how many landscapes I have looked (since I last saw you) into how many rivers & lakes & glacier & into the faces of how many flrs01256 and birds & [illegible] & people yet your face Janet seems as clear & keenly outlined in the midst of them all as on the day I went away on my long walk into God's grand wilderness [many stricken and added words].Aye the Auld Lang Syne seems indeed young time seasons of no avild to [stricken word] make us old except [stricken word] in mere outer aspects Today you appear to me [stricken word] the same little fairy girl following me in my walks as best you can with short steps stopping now & then to gather buttercups anemones & [illegible] sometimes taking my hand in getting over a fallen tree threading your way though [stricken word] the tall grasses & ferns [stricken word] & pushing yourself through very small spaces in thickets of underbrush surely you must remember those
1887 Feb 20
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0778