John Muir


[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell


image preview


Hamilton Nevada September 11th 1878.Dear Mrs Bidwell, I was refreshed & delighted by your long, bright, hearty letter, so full of real sympathy, & friendly interest for all of which I must thank you before I write another line. & next I hasten to congratulate you on your happiness in having your name associated with so interesting a little wild flower As soon as I saw it, before reading your account of it I said, “This bonnie wee poly [illegible] must be new”. He is indeed a neat & jolly little fellow, though not belonging to the very first families of Floras Kingdom. His near relatives the Eriog[illegible], are developed in great beauty & abundance throughout the plains & mountain ranges of this vast region. You must indeed [underlined: study] botany. You cannot yield your heart to Gods precious plant people too unreserved by your opportunities are excellent. With so clear & whole [illegible] & far-seeing a soul as Gray to cheer you on, & so fine a field at home & in the near mountains. You must go ahead


Hamilton, Nevada

Date Original

1878 Sep 11


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0898

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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

Owning Institution

The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. 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


Page Number

Page 1


John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle