John Muir


John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


Yosemite Valley May 12 1872.

Dear Mrs Carr, The plants from Mrs Yelverston wh you kindly forwarded are here. I have been writing a dozen letters but my pen slips wholly frictionless only to a few. I wish you here in this morning beauty, away from & out of your hard crusted cares, glorious Light fills our bath gorge today & you would speedily melt in the Godful flux. It is the time of leaves, & they are falling from the sun covering all the meadows & trees flake by flake like a bounteous grace of snow. Clouds of plant color. They are a revelation - A Thus-saith-the-Lord of color, given in songs of summer leaves off from the whirling sun. I know how intensely

[in margin: my studies have increasing rewards of truth & I will seek to be true to [them?] although all the rest of the world of Beauty besides these mountains, burn & nebulize back to star smoke]

your love this purple & yellow, & green - these warm sun-songs of color, but I must edge in a kind word for ice, Glaciers are paper manufactures & they pr[illegible] these mountains & made the meadowy sheets on wh this leaf music is written. Are you pluming for our mountain better land. I was on Clouds Rest yesterday & enjoyed a very vigorous snow- storm. Did you not hear a shout? Three Avalanches of ice & snow started from the summit of clouds Rest ridge one after the other in glorious gestures & boomings. I was within a few yards of them. It will probably be late in June before we can get out among the summits. Snow is very abundant Nevada & Vernal & the strip of glory between were in gush of Spirit life when I passed yesterday. My love to all

John Muir



Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1872 May 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0819

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