Ina Coolbrith


[John Muir]


Mother was taken violently ill, - So ill as to make me tremble for the result, - and in the care of her, and the crowding of my many other duties, I have had no time nor thought for anything else. I have been able to give the Library only one hour – in the evening – and into that have condensed the work of the [underlined: ten], daily ex= pected of me. O John Muir! John Muir! Bless the destiny which has permitted you to wander through such[!?] “ways of pleasantness”; for were you to change with me even for a little space, with no more hope of escape, I doubt if you would accept existence longer, at such heavy cost! ………. Well, it was a balsamy little let= =ter that you sent me, tho’ if you could have enclosed “a lake or a mountain”, or even a cup of cold, life-giving water from the one,

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considered: which is, that the te[underlined: ac]her’s occupation is never gone, and he therefore need have no fear of being discharged! My time is up, and I’ve given you absolutely nothing, - have nothing to give! No note of song to sing you, No single flower to fling you, — But these, O, happy wanderer, you will not mind, nor miss; Since forest-land and meadow Aare yours, with sun and shadow, With bird-song, brook-song, breath of flowers, and all that in them is!

Ina [ Cootfrith?]



[place unknown]

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Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0471

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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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