[Fragment of letter, p.3, in Muir's handwriting]
The flowers I used to watch and love are mostly dead, and all the open gardens are trodden into dust, but in craggy nooks and aloft in the high fenced conservatories a thousand of the fairest and dearest still dwell safely. Pat, pat, shuffle,shuffle, crunch, crunch, I hear you all on the sidewalks and sandbeds, plodding away, hoping in righteousness and heaven, and saying your prayers as best you can, above the sand, beneath the fog, and fenced by the lake and marshes.
Heaven help you all and give you ice and granite.
Original letter dimensions unknown.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to [recipient unknown], [ca. 1870]." (1870). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1362.
Reel 02, Image 0369
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