Abba G. Woolson


Abba G. Woolson


John Muir



Well, you will not be left to their companionship long. A few weeks will bring to your haunts the usual number of [illegible] resolved upon "doing" the Valley; and before their stupid your Nevada will fling down her laces, and in their stupid [eat?] Yo Semite will [illegible] her [illegible], and the Vernal will print her wavering luminous rainbows at their feet. But, though they shall tread in the chamber of the gods, the gods shall keep the full glories of their [inner?] c[illegible] sacred from their gaze. Let us know what further book we can send you; and whenever you are too [illegible] to write f[illegible] sha[illegible]deis for the p[illegible] [illegible] us a few lines to let us know how it fares with you. Very Truly Your Friend. Abba G. Molson. [in margin: 67] 00653


Boston [A Chauncy St.?] Mch. 23./73.

Dear Mr. Muir,

Although you have not deigned to take any notice of a long letter which I dispatched to you last Fall, I am deposed to be magnauim out and forgiving toward one who has to many noble and engrossing objects to occupy his thoughts. I am sure that if I went to abide under the shadow of El Capitan, with the South Dome and Yo Semite Fall before my eyes, all sounds from the outer world which might creep over the rocky lo[illegible] that enclosed me would seem too far-away and feeble to demand any immediate attention. It is then that I explain your silence, and so long as you will write to the world at large such refreshing letter as that we read the other evening in our own "Boston Lanscript" I will postpone any private and individual [claims?] which I might have, and be content with my share of the general communication.

Yosemite Dec 6th 69

Dear friend Mrs Carr
I am feasting in the Lords Mountain house & what pen may write my blessings I am going to dwell here all winter magnificently "snowbound" just think of the grandeur of mountain winter in Yo-Semite would that you could enjoy it also I read your word of pencil upon the bridge below the Nevada & I thank you for it most devoutly No one nor all of the Lords blessings can enable me to exist without friends & I know that you are a friend indeed. There is no snow in the valley, the ground is covered with the brown & yellow leaves of the oak & maple & their crisping & rustling make one think of the groves of Madison. I have been wandering about



Date Original

1873 Mar 23


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 1091

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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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