I have a rare chance of getting your plants packed out of the valley tomorrow & so have determined to send all together [deleted: together] with a few seeds in a box by Wells Fargo EX - I am ever cordially your friend John Muir
The books, both Hutchings & mine are along all right. Many thanks, I am hard at work on dead glaciers
Yosemite Valley Dec' 18th, 72
My dear Gray, I received the last of your notes two days ago announcing the arrival of the ferns. You speak of three boxes of Primula. I sent seven or eight.
I had some measurements to make about the throat of the South Dome so yesterday I climbed there. & then ran up to Clouds Rest for your Primulas, & as I stuffed them in big sods into a sack, I said Now I wonder what mouth- -fuls this size will accomplish for the Doctors primrose hunger. Before filling your sack I witnessed one of the
most glorious of our mountain sunsets. Not one of the assembled mountains seemed remote - all had ceased their labor of beauty & gathered around their Parent Sun to receive the evening blessing & waiting angels could not be more solemnly hushed. The sun himself seemed to have reached a higher life as if he had died & only his soul were glowing with rayless bodiless Light, & as Christ to his disciples so this departing Sun-Soul said to every precious beast.-to every pine & weed, to every stream & mountain, My Peace I give unto you ,
I ran home in the moonlight with your sack of roses slung on my shoulder by a buckskin string, - Down through the junipers - down through
the firs - now in black shadow - now in white light, past great South Dome white as the moon - past Spirit like Nevada- past Pywiack - through the groves of Illilouette & spiry pines of the open Valley, Star- crystals sparking above - frost crystals beneath, & rays of spirit beaming everywhere. I reached home a trifle weary but could have wished so Godful a walk some miles & hours longer & as I slid your roses off my shoulder I said This is one of the big round ripe days that so fatten our lives - So much of sun on one side, So much of moon on the other _____
1872 Dec 18
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