John Muir


John Muir


[Ralph Waldo] Emerson


John H Muir's letter to R. W. E. The letter of March 26th is a remarkable account of an Earthquake then going on in the Valley [ZWZ?] Yosemite Valley April 3d, 72Dear Emerson, Your two books came to my cabin this afternoon, Two big brown loaves, I have not seem them before. How rich I am becoming. This huge accumulation of Earthquakes & all this bread. When you were here you excited my attention to a Sweedenborgian book wh you said you had sent to Carbyle & would send to me. it never came there you sent it? Or have you forgotten it. Our Earthquake storm is still living we have many shocks every

day [this deleted] yielding rich opportunity to analyse the different groups of motions of wh each "shock" is composed. Cordially yrs John MuirDear Soul. Holy mountain Spirtis compel me to say you another Come. You will not he deaved with theories, nor aimed nor dragged about. You will drift like a winged seed transparent to every light. The mountains will melt that you may drink them. They will thin to sky that you may breathe them Fountain beauty will go among your tissues as light goes in glass. You will home in holy light Holy Light will home in you.


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0763

Collection Identifier

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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