Creator

John Muir

Creator

John Muir

Recipient

R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson

Transcription

"Nature loves the number five". Four conundrums & a doggerel To my friend R. U. Johnson

Why is R. U. J's Kindness like a grasshopper's track? Because it makes the earth beautiful and few know how it is done.

Why is it like a star? Because it is steadfast and ever in bloom.

Why is it like the ocean? Because it is 'boundless, endless & sublime'.

Why is it like a glacier? Because nothing can stop it And it discharges in big chunks.

John Muir

New York

June 22, 1893.


Location

New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 22

Source

Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier

muir07_1138-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1138

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.

Owning Institution

Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date

1984

Pages

1 page

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