[John Muir]


Janet [Moores]


image preview


[1]of the wilderness as saw-dust dolls are from our children and friends. I should like to show you my wild gardens of lilies & cassiope & [brynnthno?] & homes made without [hard?] [illegible] - thin daisy carpets - & woods & streams & other fine furniture & singers not in cages but legs & ankles are immensely important on such visits. Unfortunately most girls are like flowers that have to stand still & take what comes or at best get astride two iron rails & ride in curves that are carefully driven around & away from what is best worth seeing Then they are still something like flrs--flrs in a pot sent C. O. D by lightening express. I advised you not to come last Friday because the weather was so uncertain & the Contra Costa roads were all [illegible] mud & because the bed of the railroad is always less to be depended on immediately691012562 [5]to see God playing upon everything as a man would play on an instrument His fingers upon the lightening & torrent & the glacier on every wave & on every crystal & every living thing making all together sing & ring & shine in sweet accord the one grand [love] harmony of the universe. But what need to write so far & wide now you are so near & when I shall so soon see you face to face. I only meant to tell you that you were not forgotten--& not likely to be forgotten. You say that you think I may not be able to recognize you. Well it is less likely that you should know me when you come I suppose every experience is


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1887 Feb 20


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0780

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date


Page Number

Page 3


John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle