Anna Blanche McGill


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



288, West 70th St.

My dear Mr. Johnson.

I send you many thanks for the magazine containing a sketch of your great idyllist, Mr. Muir. It is truly delightful to me to have these personalia about one who is undoubtedly mightier than all the others, even, as Emerson said "greater than Thoreau"; if I may a moment give vent to the enthusiasum Mr. Muir



stirs in me--he is a Titan while others are but great men--a Titan in experience and in glorious power over syllable, word and sentence to say forth the majesty of the mountains he lives amongst. He knows, it seems to me, nature with a bigger heart than any one else has found, and for the knowledge has such happy large utterances as fairly bears one along like the "passionate music and motion" of his wind-storms in the forests; then again there's a musical resonance in his paragraphs that I'm sure


he has heard and learned from the flowing fountains of the Yosemite. And, if I may say one word more, besides this wonderful eloquence concerning the High Sierras and the glaciers, the storms with their voices of "lightening, torrent and rushing wind," how delightfully he hears the stiller smaller voices--the water-ousel's, for instance, whose song is nearly as exhiliarating to hear about from Mr. Muir's pen as is the first lark's song when really heard in fresh spring meadows. And the bee-pastures--


but I must not ask you as yet to hear what deep pleasure every chapter of "The Mountains of California" is giving me;--a little rhapsody not ungrateful I trust to the ear of his friends. I could not forbear, meantime promising myself the privilege of writing shortly about Mr. Muir in some way which may more fully express my appreciation of your kindness in bringing his good book into my ken.
I am hoping soon to return to you Mrs. Turbull's Golden Book, when I shall thank you too for the pleasant Venetian hours it is giving me.

Very Sincerely,

Anna Blanche McGill


[place unknown]

Circa Date

circa [1894]


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 24.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 0679

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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