S. E. Wells


John Muir


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[in margin: their own distinctive tones? Have often listened - but without coming to any conclusion. Trusting you will excuse the intrusion - I am respectfully & enquiringly - S.E. Wells 414 West [illegible] St.]longitudinal veins – [illegible] nearly half the length of Corolla, both of a reddish brown. My uncle went “around the [illegible],” or rather through the Straits of Majellan in: [49?] — having a very quick passage, they were not likely to put in at any [port?] from which I infer the plant belongs to California – Of a complete outfit, all that evr came home was his Bible, Prayer Book, & in a very coarse, dirty cloth, a quantity of pebbles, about the [ size?] of & resembling leaves. many colors, but none white & a perfect arrow head – small white, I almost translucent — I mention this, as there may be some conn[illegible] between the two – so far as location is concerned – for in the short, rough life of a miner, there might not come many woods, in which he would give his time to the careful pressing of a flower, or the selection of curious stones. Swaying in the mt tops during a gale, was the dream of my youth – therefore the more enjoyed as the experience of another.- Do other trees than [illegible] [illegible] have


Elizabeth, New Jersey

Date Original

1879 Jan 15


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 27 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0972

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