Mary J. Arnold
Lakeport, Cal. Jan 14, 1907
Dear John Muir
The greater the man, the simpler the title, Bless your kind heart to remember me with a "New Year greeting".
I have only looked at the pictures for the present, anticipating much pleasure and interest in perusing the book I was under an intense nervous strain all day and as twilight deepened into darkness I sat alone watching the snow flakes falling and thinking "what is life", what am I, that I should be ground to powder and almost crushed out of corporeal existence and no one to understand what one, suffers; To move and grind as the great glaciers are grinding". Then I thought "I must need it, else it would not be" Just then the old man came with the mail and when I opened your book I said "This is my compen
sation, If sacrifices, loneliness, darkness and storm bring me in touch with so grand a soul as that of John Muir, then let me be content".
One night, about a week ago, I sat thus in the falling darkness. I said to my soul "Go forth and find the King of the mountains. He may be on the snowy hights, in the forests depths, or on the trackless desert, but, you will know him. Give him greetings of health, peace and prosperity for this dawning New Year." My soul obeyed and the King responded to the message. May all good things attend him and let me ever be his sincere friend
Mary J. Arnold
1907 Jan 14
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20.5 cm.
Arnold, Mary J., "Letter from Mary J. Arnold to John Muir, 1907 Jan 14." (1907). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3627.
Reel 16, Image 0545
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