George Hansen


G[eorge] H[ansen]


[John Muir]


Dear friend,

Wiyh the last type on my enclosed letter to you hardly printed your letter with the returned mss. arrives, I know I have put you to a good deql of trouble, but I felt you would not mind it. I am not the least discouraged by your opinions, The bending of a tree does not necessarily predict a breaking. and plenty of fresh air is good medicine.-
I shall try to write to where you suggest. You see by these letters how difficult it is for me to even typewrite; the fingers are about as awry as the feet. Holding with a death grip to cane or crutch has made them crooked and queer. But what of it? The little man brought me some wild flowers yesterday. He had some Borago with it, and as he hands them to me, he remarks "They got their mouth open". As we never suggest anything to him, everything is true and original with him. How could I dare suggest when impurity has blighted my soul?

Many, many thanks for your trouble. It does me good to know other people's standard.




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Original letter dimensions: 15 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 16, Image 1341

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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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