John Muir


S[arah Muir Galloway]


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will soon satisfy your letter appetite - This is a bright warm cloudless day - Nature is in deep close green again & about twenty of her spring flowers are enjoying perfect life in the sweet nursing sunshine - the banks of the valley before me are peopled with countless multitudes of lilies, so it called Lily Valley, I gathered a little coiled borageworta few minutes ago whose sweet fragrance stirred the long silent memories of summer in our old Dunbar garden. It must have something in common with the pansies & dusty millers of our little plots. Strange is it not that as gentle & unmaterial a thing as the fragrance of a flower should live with memory so bright & fresh from youth to age safely


East bank of Lily Valley

Date Original

[18]69 Feb 27


Original letter dimensions: 3.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0035

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Page 2


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