G. Frederick Schwarz


John Muir


Sept [1?] 1912[letterhead]My dear Mr. Muir,I have nearly finished your First Summer in the Sierra, of which I had read only the beginning when you inscribed your name, and a kind word or two, in my copy last Sunday. How many pure, uplifting, genuine and lasting impressions you have given me in the turning of these pages!05268[letterhead]2Little as I have seen of the glorious region about Yosemite, yet it has been enough to enable me to catch the spirit of your words and to enjoy the scenes which you describe and the interesting experiences which you relate of that memorable summer of '69. And yet, to understand adequately and truly such a marvelous handiwork as God fashioned in the Yosemite, and the glorious setting in which it lies,05268

[letterhead]3would require the wanderings of many summers, so full is the region of Nature's intimate whisperings and of every kind of majesty and beauty.In your Mountains of California and National Parks many a half-forgottenscene and impression dear to memory was renewed and made vivid once more; and in this book I have found a similar pleasure. When[letterhead]4you tell of the grand, heavenly architecture of the clouds that was built up over the Sierra peaks day after day, certain memorable September days of 1903 come back to me, when I lingered in the upper Kern canyon on my way to Mt. Whitney. Here there arose every morning some of the most expressive, incomparable cloud scenery that05268

[letterhead]5I have ever known: masses of infinite delicacy and wonderful depth, changing from one beautiful form into another, filling the canyon here with golden light and there with grand, dark shadows, and at last vanishing in the far away sky, leaving the atmosphere so ineffably pure as to set one's whole being, as it were, in harmony of motion.05068[letterhead]6I wish I might have stayed longer with you last week. Since leaving you I have thought of a thousand things that I should like to have talked about. I carry with me my pleasant memories of the afternoon at your fireside.May your winter be pleasant and comfortable. Some05268

[letterhead]7time, I feel, we shall meet again.Faithfully yours,G. Frederick SchwarzSanta Barbara, Cal.September 1st, 1912.05268


Santa Barbara, Calif.

Date Original

1912 Sep 1


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 1271

Collection Identifier

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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