George W. Cable


G[eorge] W. Cable


John Muir



Dec 18, 1893.

My dear Mr Muir:

I am only now really settled down at home for a stay of a few weeks. I wanted to have sent to you long ago the book I mail now and which you kindly [illegible]ented to accept from me — Laurier's poems. There are in Laurier such wonderful odors of pine, and hay, and salt sands and cedar, and corn, and such whisperings of Eolian stra[illegible]es and every out-door sound - I think you would have had great joy in one another's personal acquaintance. And this makes me think how much I have in yours. Your face and voice, your true, rich words, are close to my senses now as I write, and I cry hungrily for more. The snow is on us everywhere now,

and as I look across the white, crusted waste I see such mellowness of yellow sunlight and long blue and purple shadows that I want some adequate manly partnership to help me reap the rapture of such beauty. In one place a stretch of yellow grass standing above the snow or blown clear of it glows golden in the slant light. The heavens are blue as my love's eyes and the [illegible] are black lace against their infinite distance. Last night I walked across the frozen white under a moonlight and starlight that made the way seem through the wastes of a stellar [illegible] and not along the surface of one poor planet. Write and tell me, I pray you, what these big brothers of yours, the mountains, have been saying to you of late. It will compensate in part, but only in part, for the absence of your spoken words.

Yours truly G.W. Cable



Northampton, Mass.

Date Original

1893 Dec 18


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1427

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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