John Muir


John Muir


[George W.] Cable


I wish you would send me your photograph
You ask what are [the?] Mountains saying - I hear them now only in my notebooks some of which I have been looking over. but this ranch work now holds me much of my time. I hope however to get off next summer to [the?] mountain pastures for a few big unmeasured months.

Goodbye. Come again

Best wishes for the new year Ever cordially yours

John Muir

Martinez, California

January 1, 1894.

Thank you my dear Cable for your good telling suggestive little letter It makes me hunger & thirst for a talk & saunter with you across your Dryad's Green, white now perhaps more than green yet displaying all the colors of Heaven in varying times & tones as the sun sweeps over it.
[illegible] had there is such a breadth of continent between us.
Do you ever walk with Bouroughs, You should sometimes & poke him up, for he needs it notwithstanding he has written so much that is truly delightful. It provokes me to have him [picking?] & puttering

so complacently as a naturalist without ever seeming to take time to look up & about to behold the glory of God.
Thank you for Lanier. I have had my eye on him for some time as a pact of great promise. How sad he should have left us so soon. And yet he has done far more than I thought he had. His pa[illegible]s have delicious fragrance & vividness. & how [sure?] & sustained & easy the beat of his wing
I shall always remember my cu[illegible]ing & little ride along the bay with you as one of the best blessings of 93. When are you coming again to our side the continent. [Man?] theres much for you here ready and waiting. Dont spend all your day talking & writing


Martinez, California

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