John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr




Yosemite Oct 14th

Dear Mrs Carr, I cannot hear from you these are some souls perhaps that are never tired that can go steadily glad, always tuneful & songful like mountain water, not so weary hungry me This second time I come from the rocks for fresh supplies of the two breads but I find but one. I cannot hear from you. My last weeks were spent among the canons of the Hoffman range & the Cathedral Peak group E, of lake Tenaya. All gloriously rich in the written truths wh I am seeking I will now go to the wide rayed tributaries of Illilouette. & to Pohono, After wh I will mope about among the rim canons & rock forms of the valley as the weather permits

Perhaps I have not yet answered all of your last long pages, Here is a quotation from Tyndale con- cerning the nature & origin of his intense mountain enjoyments. He searches far & near for a theory of his delight in the mountains, going among the accidents of his own boyhood & those of his remotest fathers, but surely this must be all wrong & instead of groping away backwards among the various grades of grandfathers he should explore the most primary properties of man Perhaps we owe "the pleasurable emotions wh fine landscape makes in us" to a cause as radical as that wh makes a magnet pulse to the two poles I think that one of the [underlined: properties] of that compound wh we call man is that when exposed to the rays of mountain beauty it glows [underlined: with joy]. I don't know who of all my ancestry are to blame



Circa Date

[1872] Oct 14


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0969

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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