George Hansen


Geo[rge] Hansen


John Muir


Spt. 17th., 1902

Mr. John Muir.

My doar sir,

Few words, but those good - that is what I like. To me this "little" Vespers " is a volume pressed down with glacier force till twelve pictures are all that could pass the pressure. You characterize it in its quality, and your lines will go with my keepsakes for the chest of Roland.
You ask me whether to order the others direct from be the publishers. I have lost my backbone, and stand there with hat in hand, almost on my knees. Order from me, as I make twenty cents a copy a profit on the two [illegible]now but) that enables my rare wife to keep house for one whole California day. The other three booklets - as goods these will not be out for about two months yet. - I have been slain wickedly-for the time being only-let us hope. [illegible]stilt about and crouch on crutches and have been unable to earn a copper for more than five months. It is a part paralyzes, and nothing but the head and the heart are left.If the clearness of the one and the warmness of the other are sufficient excuse for a man to further count amongst the living, I an a full fledged man. The dedication in the "Vespers " will convey to you all it does contain.

I mean what I said in the dedication of "Vespers" to you , namely that the whole of the work as well as the boy is nothing more wonderfull

then we could behold daily if only eyes were open . God has brightened my existence when he showed me how to picture. He let me see how the ideas of the unspeaking child are expressed, and how the portraying fixes the mood. I have a unique library, end only wish that you could move your chair closer and I let you share my rich gallery.
And as I close ( after having [illegible]my heart in as many words as I could) , let me ask a selfish wav if I may , Do you know of any eastern magazine that would publish some of my " stories " ( I have about 75 excellent ones) in monthly issues and afterwards bring them out in a volume If you can think, favom me with a word , one word of yours to every fifty of my epistle, I have been told about Frederick Stokes, in New York , Do you know anything about him ?

Sincerely yours

[illegible]Look up once for me to Mount Diablo when he again looms up in brightness before you , and think a man who has to dream to wander henceforth Oh now I thank my fate that line shown we so many wonders of this earth ere this blight has cone over me.


[Berkeley, Calif.]

Date Original

1902 Sep 17


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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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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