[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[6] 5some heavy plashes of water struck me, driven hard against the wall suddenly I was darkened, down came a section of the outside tissue composed of spent comets, I crouched low holding my breath & anchored to some angular flakes of rock, took my baptism with moderately good faith. When I dared to look up after the swaying column admitted light I pounced behind a piece of ice & the wall which was wedging tight & I no longer feared being washed off & steady moonbeams slanting past the[8] 7these pure mansions of crystal foam & purple granite I cannot refrain from speaking to this little bush at my side & to the spray drops that come to my paper & to the individual sands of the slopelet I am sitting upon Ruskin says that the idea of foulness is essentially connected with what he calls dead unorganized matter How cordially I disbelieve him tonight & were he to dwell a while among the powers of these mountains he would forget all dictionary difference betwixt



Date Original

1871 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions: 13.5 x12 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0409

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Page 4


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