John Muir


[Jeanne C. Carr]


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[4]many of them as you wish together with as many other Yosemite things that you may ask for & send it out to you before the pack train makes its last trip. I know the Spiren you speak of, it is abundant all around the top of the valley & on the rocks at lake Tanaga & reaches almost to the very summit about Mt Dana. There is also a purple one very abundant in the fringe meadows of Yosemite Creek a mile or two back from the brink of the falls Of course it will be a source of keen pleas- ure to me to procure you anything you may desire. I should like to see that grand Ag[illegible]. I saw some in Cuba but they did not exceed twenty- five or thirty feet in height I have thought of a walk in the wild gardens of Honolula & now that you speak of my going there it becomes very probable as you seem to understand me better than I do myself, I have no square idea about the time I shall get myself away from here. I shall at least stay till you come. I fear that the Agana will be in the spirit world ere that time, You say that I ought to have such a place as you saw in the gardens of that mile & half of climate, Well I think those lemon & orange groves would do perhaps to make a living but for a garden I00514 [1] [1870] #42 1870 Sunday May 29th YosemiteDear friend I recd your "apology" two days ago & ran my eyes hastily over it three or four lines at a time to find the place that would say you were coming, but you "fear" that you cannot come at all, & only 'hope' that the Doctor may; but I shall continue to look for you nevertheless, The Chicago party you speak of were here & away again before your letter arrived, All sorts of human stuff is being poured into our valley this year. & the blank fleshly apathy with which most of it comes in contact with the rock & water spirits of the place is most amazing I do not wonder that the thought of such people being here makes you 'mad", but after all Mrs Carr, they are about harmless they climb sprawlingly to their saddles 3[5]should not have anything less than a piece of pur nature I was reading Thoreaus Maine woods a short time ago, As described by him these woods are exactly like those of Canada west. How I long to meet Linnea & C[illegible] [illegible] once more. I would rather see these two children of the evergreen woods than all the twentyseven species of palm that [illegible] met on the [illegible] These summer days "go on" calmly & evenly scarce a mark of the frost 7 snow of the 13th is visible the breekens are four or five feet high already - the earliest Azalias have opened & the whole crop of buds is ready to burst The river does not overflow its banks now but it is exactly brim full The thermometer averages about 75[need degree symbol] at noon. We have sunshine every morning from a bright blue



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[1870] May 29


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