William C. Flint


[John Muir]


San Francisco Cal.

January 28th /90.

My Dear Friend:

At the earliest time permitted by my mental and physical condition, I acknowledge receipt of your tender words of sympathy. Sympathy sweetens the bitter contents of the cup from which I am made to drink. It is soothing, but the wound is deep, and more than human balm is required for true relief. Heavy and dreadful has been my blow, and desper-

-ate is the warfare between my strength and grief. At times the latter about conquers and it is difficult to find hope. Oh, how sweet would be a full consciousness that I can again take the hand of my sainted boy in mine, and be with him forever. For your condolence accept our gratitude and may heaven keep you and yours ever from sorrow, through the whole of life. I sorrow, I am sincerely

Yours etc

William C. Flint

John Muir Esq

Martinez - Cal.


San Francisco, Cal

Date Original

1890 Jan 28


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0344

Collection Identifier

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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