[John Muir]


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[4]You only of my friends congratulated me on my happiness in having avoided the misery & mud of March but for the serious part of your letter - the kind of life which our [illegible] friends have, and their relation to us. I do not know what to think of it I must write of the some other time In this first walk I found Eugenia which here is ever first, and sweet little violets, and Sanguinaria, and Isopyrum too, and Thalictrum anemenoides were almost ready to venture their faces to the sky. The red maple was in full flower glory; the leaves be- low, & the mosses were bright with its fallen scarlet blossoms, and the elm too was in flower & the earliest willows -all this when your fields had scarce the memory of a flower left in them! I will not try to tell you how much I enjoyed in this walk after four weeks in bed You can feel it 00410[1] [1867] #10 Ind' May 2d, 69Dear friend Mrs Carr I am sorry & surprised to hear of the cruel fate of your plants. I have never seen so happy flowers in any other home, - they lived with you so cheerfully & confidingly, and felt so sure of receiving from you sympathy and tenderness in all their sorrows How could they grow cold & colder and die without your knowing - they must have called you could any bedroom be so remote they could not hear - I am very sorry, Mrs Carr, for you & for them; can your loss be repaired


Ind[ianapolis, Ind.]

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[1867] May 2


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm

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