A ½ hr or so of preliminary stammering, and then tossing and tumbling like a stream, perhaps some ideas among boulders might begin to flow clear; but this course would not do at all today. I am very glad, however, to find here so fine an opportunity to acknowledge my debts to Harvard. Strange to say, at the very beginning of my studies on the wild side of continent, Harvard men were the first to find me and bid me Godspeed. First of all came Em, and who can tell how much he has done for everybody. Surely scarce a wanderer on the face of the earth could long remain invisible to him. I was then living in Yo val, the highest point on the breadline
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist