Susan Merrill Farnam


John Muir



for years have formed part of our [lives?]- Shall they go back into the blackness and the blankness [of ?] nothing? If not asking too much I should like an expression of your convictions on this subject. I saw you in Yosemite in 1872. We have some ferns growing under our dining room window that you & Mrs Carr bought from La[illegible] Farm- and you planted them. Mrs [illegible] was speaking of them to-day. She sends her kindest remembrance. I hope you remember me- and that sometime I may know your ideas on the two questions mentioned above. Yours Cordially Susan Merrill Farnam


P.O. box 75 Fruitvale June 14- '03

John Muir

Dear friend

I have just read the delightful article about you in the Outlook for June [6?] and I am more than glad that to one of earths [limitation?] it is given to make so much out of a single life. I count it one of the blessing of my life to have seen and known you in your favorite Yosemite - and many of the things you said then are stored in my memory and I sometimes repeat them -



It gives one comfort to know that you find a God in nature- So many of our wise men and philosophers get lost in the mists of doubt - that often their conclusions - or their questionings cast a shadow over the life l[illegible] f[illegible]th - of those who read - I wish I could know more of your ideas on this very subject. I have been looking over into the [illegible]er l[illegible] the past few months - and my soul has sometimes been in darkness.


"My heart and my flesh cry out for the [illegible] god" It would give me comfort to know that one who has studied nature as you have, find Him there. Another question - The idea of anything being "lost" is intensely painful to me. the spirit of man - the life of a tree - and specially of an animal - Is it to go out into nothingness [illegible] [illegible] this life, God given - to continue to exist. These beautiful, intelligent dogs, that


Fruitvale [Calif.?]

Date Original

1903 Jun 14


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0658

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