John Muir


[Joseph] Le Conte


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4the rainbow. This glorious plant kingdom resting on the glowing plains of the San Joaquin & Sacramento, & slanting up against the Sierras into the cool Summit skies, is a cloud constantly emulating on one side, con- stantly dissolving on the other, & the representable members of its belted principalities, are the knowledge- loving people, a series of plumm[illegible] wh sound the depths of plant history & proclaim the progress of their splendid combinations from season to season of the glacial year. I will not pursue the few thoughts I have on this beautiful subject farther at this time, but I promise you I will study it more & gather a bouquet in better form, in after days. In the mean time you know that always I am glad & thankful for your suggestions wh are so suited to my tastes & opportunities - Also you know how gladly I will see you this summer when we will burn our thoughts to- gether instead of struggling with distance & the pen ghosts of language, Cordially yrs John Muir


New Sentinel Hotel Yo Semite Valley

Date Original

1872 Apr 27


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Reel 02, Image 0811

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Page 4


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