John Muir


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Settled & nearly lost my life. The [deeper] I was immersed in the invisible poison the less incapable [was] I became of willing [myself] [measures] of escape from it & in just this condition are those who toil or dawdle or dissipate in crouded [crowded] towns – in the sinks wells of [common] or [ ] = When I first came [ deep of] down to the city from my mtn [mountain] home I began [lingered] to wither [yet] I wish [instinctively] [for] the vital woods & high sky yet [lingered] month after month plodding at “duty” at length I chanced to see a lonely golden rod in bloom in in weedy spot alongside [one] of the less frequented sidewalks then I suddenly was aware of ending of summer & fled – then once [away] I saw how [deadly] 75

Shrunken & [lean] I was & how glad I was I[ve] [had] gone. The same is experienced by all, No one not too far spent in our business [places] & [disaffection] but are glad to go anywhere new [regretting] [anyone] anywhere out of the town All loathe to go – all glad they have gone. 20 [ ] winter engaged in fishing around Lake Tahoe. 30 dollars [from] Mo 50 summer Sep & Oct & March & April dont bite [Spain] May & June. 74

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Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.

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