thought in Kiplings verse "The Explorer" - "But his whisper came to me" So dear Mr. Muir when I read of your boyhood, as I am now doing of its fun & its hardships & its wanderings in early manhood, you again make me long for the mountains_ for these "Camps of proved desire & known delight" that my father & Willy & [Tommy?] knew of with you & that we live yet again with you in spirit. And I do hope it will be my good fortune yet to see Yosemite & Hetch Hetchy with you. Your room is always waiting you at our home & we hope you will come down very soon & stay for a long visit.
5 Montgy st. May 7/1913
Dear Mr Muir:
It is some days since I received from Mr Colby your "Autobiography", Mr Colby tried twice to leave it here earlier, but our office was closed for a couple of days due to the death of Mrs Thomas Magee Sr. So I trust you will pardon my delay in acknowledging your very kind & very much appreciated gift. There are no books after "The Book" as Sir Walter Scott so well
our thoughts and memories. And for the object lessons in the pure love of nature & "for the previous things of the lasting hills" that you have, & you first & foremost, made the priceless possession of everyone that has eyes to see and hear to love & understand-none of us can be thankful enough to God & to you for interpreting his voice & his handiwork to us-"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, oh God! How great is the sum of them! Your life so well exemplies the
described The Bible that I prize so much as yours in my library-because of the intense personality of the author & because of the affection & sincerest esteem in which we Magees-girls & boys hold him. I especially feel a nearness to you by reason of that babyhood meeting in the Yosemite of you & my dear Mother & father in May 1871 & I do so prize the picture of my mother with me in her lap & I could only wish that you & my father were in the picture as you shall always be in
1913 May 7
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Magee, Freddie, "Letter from Freddie Magee to John Muir, 1913 May 7." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3981.
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