S.S. Forbes


John Muir


image preview


Copy to:- Mr. W. Cameron Forbes. BostoneMilton Hill, 29th April, 1872. My dear Mr. Muir: The box of specimens of wood has come safely through your friend. They are what I wanted - thank you very much. The bulbs were injured before I got them, but the seeds are now beginning to come up. I have also one sequoia tree up - it is about an inch high. Before it is 30 ft. through the trunk, there will be time for many changes in and on our little planet. I had read an account of the earthquake in the Yosemite. I should like to have felt it, but for safety would rather have been out of it. The accounts of the earthquakes and eruptions of Vesuvius are very interesting - that sort of commotion seems to be in various parts of the earth just now. I saw Prof. Gray a short time since. He spoke as if he was going to the Yosemite. It will be interesting to you to go about there with him. I also hope you will see Prof. Agassiz and party. I do not know how soon he will be there. Mr. Forbes has just started for Fayal, to bring my daughter home. We are having the driest of springs here, and no mountain streams near to draw from as they have in California. There is much in Mr. Emerson's writings to admire, yet in him I always feel the want of the genial sympathy with human everyday life - if he was musical perhaps he would have a touch of Robbie Burns, which united with his purity of thought would be fine -- but each has his own individuality, and each must work that out for himself as best he may. Very truly yours, S. S. ForbesI went to the observatory in Cambridge the other day and saw flames on the edge of the sun - they looked about so high but were about 10,000 miles high. [On folder Muir wrote, "Mrs. Forbes of Emerson's party in Yo."]


Milton Hill, [Mass]

Date Original

1872 Apr 29


Original letter dimensions: 15 x 23.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0817

Copyright Statement

Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Page Number

Page 3


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