John Muir


John Muir


[Ralph Waldo] Emerson


John Muir

Oakland May 9th [1874]

My dear Mr Emerson

I have commenced writing up some of my Studies in the Sierra, & I am sure you will be delighted with them however ill presented for all the scriptures of the glacial snow-crystals are glorious The Overland Monthly will contain a study each month through’t the year, & you must promise to read them

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some of the subjects will be. Ancient glaciers of the Sierra & their pathways Glacial denudation, Post glacial denudation, Geological value of shadows, Lakes, Fountains, Waterfalls, Living glaciers, Forest, Gardens, Avalanches etc —————————— I’m glad [deleted: you] that all the world is becoming wise enough to love you – I’ve been lonely all winter with my friends. Write me a short letter. Cordially Yrs. John Muir


Oakland [Calif.]


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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