John Muir


Dav[id Gilrye Muir]


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[2]with all their flowers are not more beautiful. - I must see more of it I was scare able to leave Cedar Keys & had five or six light attacks of fever in Havana I arrived there about the middle of January. Yesterday I sent you the plants which I collected there, by Adams Ex. Co please give them to Sarah to keep with the others & tell her that if she opens them to be very careful not to mix the note-billets, Not a shadow of winter is seen in Cuba, I culd wander about among the hills touching a flower at every step & in some places I could gather about a million in my arms at once, delightfully fragrant, & in all the pomp & glory of full bloom, The cocoa palm is magnif- icent plant with leaves 8 or 12 feet long with 5 or 600 leaflets - but enough I suppose of the "confounded weeds" as you call them [3]The winter which I was in Havana was intolerably hot equal to the sultriest days of our hottest summers. I did not like Havana - it is full of noise & confused bustle - a perfect babel of commerce - all quiet is effectually fenced out with common, brass bands, bells, bullfights, feast days, & ever lasting unnameable fandango - Havana has no Sunday - the commercial pulse is ever beating, & bull fighting is the most zeal- ously abserved of all Sabbath exercises, It is not surprising that Spaniards are cruel, & that their religion & morality are constantly in the market. The narrow slits through the yellow pillared buildings, I sup- pose are intended for streets, they are paved with small limestone blocks set so as to ensure the greatest amount


New York

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[1868] Mar 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.5 cm

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