1267 Webster St., Oakland,
Dear John Muir,
For the fruit of your land and the fruit of your brain, I thank you. For this last, I cannot say how much I thank you, nor how glad I am to see you in covers. I began to think I should never behold that Book with the eyes of the flesh, and was wondering if I should have to wait for your prose-poem on the "Mountains of God." As if all were not the
Mountains of God!
I supposed your pubs. send you the press notices, but I enclose one chanced upon in a paper sent me by my friend Miss Carpentier. If you already have it send this back. It is hardly the kind of "criticism" I would like to see, for while the reviewer tells what the book is about! and gives you credit for understanding your subject, he says not a word about the consummate beauty of your work. I don't believe the man could tell
a bird-carol from a steam-whistle, or note the difference between one of the poor abortive little hills of the East, and the infinite heights of which you sing, for your book is a song, a grand song!
Love to all your family and yourself.
Your old-time friend,
P. S. No, I cannot have Mr. Cheney's place x. I am "disqualified by sex."
x Librarian of S F Free Library
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.
Coolbrith, Ina, "Letter from Ina Coolbrith to John Muir, 1894 Nov 19." (1894). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6919.
Reel 08, Image 0529
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