[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell & General [John Bidwell]
Martinez, April 19th, 1890
Dear Mrs. Bidwell & General,
Ive been thinking of you every day since dear Parry died. It seems as if all the good flower people, at once great & good, have died now that Parry has gone: Torrey, Gray, Kellogg, & Parry. Plenty more botanists left but none we love like them. Men more amiable apart from their intellectual power I never knew - so perfectly clean and pure they were - pure as lilies yet tough & unyielding in mental fibre as live oaks. O dear! It makes me feel lonesome though many lovely souls remain. Never shall I forget the charming evenings I spent with Torrey in Yosemite & with Gray after the days rambles were over & they told their stories of their lives, Torrey fondly telling all about Gray, Gray about Torrey, all in one summer, and then
too they told me about Parry for the first time. And then how fine and fruitful that trip to Shasta with you! Happy days not to come again. Then more than a week with Parry around Lake tahoe in a boat, had him all to myself - precious memories. It seems easy to die when such souls go before, & Blessed it is to feel that they have indeed gone before to meet us in turn when our own day is done. The Scotch have a proverb "The eenin brings a' hame." & so however separated far or near the evening of life brings all together at the last. Lovely souls embalmed in a thousand flowers embalmed in the hearts of their friends, never for a moment does death seem to have had anything to do with them. They seem near, & are near, & as if in bodily sight I wave my hand to them in loving recognition.
Ever yrs John Muir
1890 Apr 19
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Annie Kennedy] Bidwell & General [John Bidwell], 1890 Apr 19." (1890). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1896.
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