John Muir


[John Muir]


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr



Yosemite Dec 6th 69

Dear friend Mrs Carr

I am feasting in the Lords Mountain house & what pen may write my blessings I am going to dwell here all winter magnificently "snowbound" just think of the grandeur of mountain winter in Yo-Semite would that you could enjoy it also I read your word of pencil upon the bridge below the Nevada & I thank you for it most devoutly No one nor all of the Lords blessings can enable me to exist without friends indeed — There is no snow in the valley, the ground is covered with the brown & yellow leaves of the oak & maple & their crisping & rustling make me think of the groves of Madison I have been wandering about

among the falls & rapids studying the grand instruments of slopes and curves & echoing caves upon which those divine harmonies are played Only a [thin glossy sail?] sways & bends over Yo Semite now & Pohono too is a [mob?] of waving [illegible] New songs are sung forming parts of the one grand anthem composed & written in “the beginning” Most of the flowers are dead only a few are blooming in summer nooks on the north side rocks. You remember that delightful fernery by the ladders well I discovered a garden meeting of adia[illegible] far more delicate & luxuriant than those at the ladders. They are in a cove on Cove[illegible] between the upper & lower Yo Sem falls. They are the most delicate & graceful plant creatures I ever beheld, waving their leaves of the most ref[illegible] of heavens beauty to the music of the water The motion of purples dulses in pools left by the tide on the sea coast of Scotland was the only memory that was stirred by these spiritual ferns. You speak of dying & going to the woods I am dead & gone to heaven

[in margin: Indian [illegible] to the [illegible] once a month upon snow shoes He brings the mail too. I [illegible] from your address to Yo Semite via Big [illegible] care of Mr. Hutchings]




Date Original

1869 Dec 6


Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 18 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0193

Collection Identifier

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

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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2 pages


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



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