John Muir


John Muir


R[alph] W[aldo] Emerson



With most cordial regards I am yours in Nature John Muir

John Muir 1871

[1] [ca 8 May 1871]

Yosemite Valley Monday night

Mr R W Emerson

Dear Sir I re'cd today a letter from Mrs Prof E Carr of Oakland Cal' sating that you were in the valley & that she expected to see you on your return. Also she promised that she would write you here & send you to me. I was delighted at the thought of meeting you but have just learned that you contemplate leaving the valley in a day or two Now Mr Emerson I do most cordially protest against your going away so soon, & so also I am sure do all your instincts & affemilies I trust that you


will not "outweary their yearnings" Do not thus drift away with the mob while the Spirits of these rocks & waters hail you after long waiting as their kinsman & persuade you to closer communion But now if Fate or one of those mongrel & misshapen organizations called parties compel you to leave for the present. I shall hope for some other fullness of time to come for you. If you will call at Mr Hutchings mill I will give you as many of Yosemite & high Sierra plants as you wish as specimens. I write you join me in a months worship with Nature in the high temples of the great


Sierra Crown beyond our holy Yosemite It will cost you nothing save the time & very little of that for you will be mostly in Eternity An now once more in the name of Mts Dana & G[illegible] of the grand glacial hiero- glyphics of Tuolumne meadows & Bloody Canon, - In the name of a hundred glacial lakes- of a hundred glacial-daisy -gentian meadows. In the name of a hundred cascades that barbarous visitors never see. In the name of the grand upper forests of [illegible] Amabilis & [illegible] grand[illegible] & in the name of all the spirit Creatures of these rocks & of this whole spiritual atmosphere Do not leave us now


Yosemite Valley


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