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A Message and Appreciation

from James Bryce

From Sierra Club Bulletin, John Muir Memorial Number, Vol. 10, No. 1 (January, 1916).


TO MY FRIENDS AND FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE SIERRA CLUB:

May I venture to express to you the sorrow with which the news of the death of our friend, the venerable John Muir, has filled me? He was the patriarch of American lovers of mountains, one who had not only a passion for the splendours of Nature, but a wonderful power of interpreting her to men. The very air of the granite peaks, the very fragrance of the deep and solemn forest, seem to breathe round us and soothe our sense as we read the descriptions of his lonely wanderings in the Sierras when their majesty was first revealed. California may well honour the service of one who did so much to make known her charms and to shield them from desecration. And yo of the [Sierra] Club will cherish the memory of a singularly pure and simple character, who was in his life all that a worshipper of nature ought to be.

February 19th, 1915
Hindleap, Forest Row
Sussex


Source: Sierra Club Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1916 January), pp. 2-7.


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