John Muir


John Muir


R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


"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.


New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 22


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1138

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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



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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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