Grasshoppers and Birch Bark-Two letters From John Muir.

Grasshoppers and Birch Bark-Two letters From John Muir.


John Muir


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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

In this article, Francis P. Farquhar writes of two "whimsical" letters letters that he has recently acquired. One is a post card of birch bark, 3 x 4 inches, on which Muir wrote to Mrs. Carr, October, 1873, saying: "Coming down the Kearsage canon I saw and heard a thicket of birches-and of course they said Carr. Gray says there are no birches in California, but no country with a Carr can be birchless. Long live the loving Carrs and birches." The second letter is written on a leaf that appears to have been torn from a sketch book. It is uniquely illustrated with a border of grasshopper tracks sketched from tracks left by a grasshopper in a pan of sand. Muir's heading for the letter is: "Consider the grasshoppers how they grow and go." Accompanying the article is a plate of the holograph letter. The origiginal is in the Henry E. Huntington Library, a gift from Mr. Farquhar.


Sierra Club Bulletin, v. 18, no. 1


pp. 113-115

Grasshoppers and Birch Bark-Two letters From John Muir.



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