Bade, William Frederic


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killed upon occasion. Perhaps they are the “scientists,” and Muir the “naturalist.” Whether as a result of early teachings or because I have lived in intimacy with the things to which Mr. Muir was so closely attached, I [cherish] both affection and admiration for his most unusual personality. A most treasured possession is a copy of “Stickeen” – sent me here – inscribed “To Gertrude Hutchings Mills, with many dear memories of “little Corey” in the lang syne Yosemite days.” But my communicating links with those “lang syne days” are to scattered lists –a small child’s memories – of a patient, gentle man holding my sister or myself upon his knee while he showed us the composite parts of flowers calling attention to their beauty and individuality of shape and coloring; or of our trotting after him in the meadows looking for friendly blossoms and inspecting them for insect visitors, our attention called to the marvels on every hand. I can recall a series of bird pictures in color on cards which we had for years, which Mr. Muir had given us that we should “know our neighbors.” I can still feel the desolation and fascination of the stormy


Waitsfield, Vermont

Date Original

January 1923

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Resource Identifier

MSS048 Va.10

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