Creator

Cha[rle]s Warren Stoddard

Recipient

John Muir

Transcription

S+ Francisco 5 Aug 1873..Dear John Muir. Though you have never written me a line since you said [underlined: good by] to my face — yet I believe you must have found me short of the C.W.S. you had pictured, or this would not have been so — Well — let us begin again: Though you have not written me, dear [underlined: Faun]. I have often thought of you. But, John, Boy, there are more things in heaven and Earth than pine boughs and glaciers, erect, 657 [in margin: 00665]Here is my address – Care of Theo F. Dwight or G. P. Putnam’s Sons New York City. up to November 1873then Care Tom Hood. No 80 Fleet St London EngTell Mrs Carr the address – and don’t forget it yourself, old adamant! C.W.S.

But whist! When I have run enough of this spinning globe to give me some memories to feed on I will come to you; I have leaned toward you more than once; you do not take no for all in all – now do you? I am made up of sunsets, and sweet fruits, and their is no good in me, according to the geologist, but I can live, and love and suffer and so help me God I will - though the heavens fall – un to the end of time. John Muir, if you are human — write to me – Chas. Warren Stoddard..resinous, glossy and treacherous as they are. As for me, I go into the world to educate my self for the solitude that you enjoy by some right of birth which is not mine. Tell me, dear Solitary, is your soul of the glacier – for- mation? Do you know what it is to [underline: sweat] [underline: blood] as I do? It seems to me John – that your heart is a kind of north dome – and that your Merced – veins have too much of ice in them ; Dont you know that my breath is like sandle wood – when my dear stomach is order, and that my spine is nothing more than a petrified banana?

San Francisco,2 Aug. 1873.Dear John Muir:Though you have never written me a line since you said goodbye to my face, yet I believe you must have found me short of the C.W.S. you had pictured, or this would not have been so. Well -- let us begin again.Though you have not written me, dear Faun, I have often thought of you. But, John, Boy, there are more things in heaven and earth than pine boughs - glorious, erect, resinous, glossy and treacherous as they are.As for me, I go into the world to educate myself for the solitude that you enjoy by some right of birth which is not mine.Tell me, dear solitary, is your soul of the glacier formation? Do you know what it is to sweat blood as I do?It seems to me, John, that your heart is a kind of north Dome and that your Merced veins have too much of ice in them. Don't you know that my breath is like sandal-wood, when my dear stomach is Lin] order, and that my spine is nothing more than a petrified banana? But whistj.when I have run enough of this spinning globe to give me some memories to feed on I will come to you; I have leaned toward you more than once; you do not take me for all in all — now do you? I am made up of sunsets, and sweet fruits,-is there no good in me, according to the geologist. But I can live, and love, and suffer, and so help me God, I will, though the heavens fall, unto the end of time.John Muir, if you are human, write to me.CHAS. WARREN STODDARD Here is my address,Care of Theo. F. Dwight, or G.P.Putnam's Sons, New York City up to November 1873 then Care Tom Hood, No. 80, Fleet St., London, Eng.Tell Mrs. Carr the address - and don't forget it yourself, old adamant:

Location

San Francisco

Date Original

1873 Aug 2

Source

Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 31.5 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir02_1165-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 1165

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University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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