Abba G. Woolson


Abba G. W[oolson]


John Muir


Boston. 64 Boylston St. Thursday evening Mar. 21 72.

Dear Mr. Muir,

Behold the two members of this Woolson family sitting at a long centre table before their coal grate fire, with a blessed letter from the Yo Semite spread out before them, and both pens driving fast to indite a reply. I can see the little log cabin among the rushes, under the eternal walls, and the invitation you give me to come there and spend a year, sounds to me, in this far-away, crowded city, as if some serene exullant angel had leaned [at?] the [illegible] of Heaven and shouted down, "Come up hither, it is a glorious world here, and there is a room built for you"! But how to get there, and how to leave this reeling old world below, which I am struggling so hard to set right! Oh, wouldn't I be willing to live on bread and water, and


to live near sack cloth and ashes for the next six months if I thought I could truly [be?] [illegible] looking up at Sentinel Rock and the South Dome from the meadow's edge beside the river. I shall come there some day. I am sure of that The only question is - when. But I thank you most cordially for your glorious whole - [illegible] invitation, and when I do come, I hope to find the new cabin and its owner in their best estate. I brought six new [illegible] ic views of the valley last week at a book store here, and they have to send me now. My "Walden" is to go to you at once by mail, and if the snow blockade doesn't shut down again and fates take care of it, as I am sure they will, it will [give?] you infinite delight. This copy I have read numberless times and the Rev. Char. G. Ames, of San Jose' in your state, borrowed it of me once, when we both lived in Cincinnati, and he learned to love Th[illegible]s form it too. So it has seen service, and now goes to its reward and a final home in the Yo Semite. I will write a longer letter some day. Do write us often. Just now I am the busiest woman on [in margin: the globe and envy you your calm, secure leisure. I am writing no new [illegible] articles at present. Shall begin on your [illegible] in a few weeks. Very truly, Abby G. W.]



Date Original

1872 Mar 21


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0733

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