John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[4]by some great plant purpose they had co[illegible] from every plain, & mountain, & meadows of their kingdom, & that the different coloring of patches, acres & miles, marked the bounds of the various tribe & family encampments, and now just stop & see what I gathered from one square yard opposite the Merced, I have no books & so cannot give specific names - Ords' Open fls' Species Comp' 132125 2 Yellow 3305 heads Leg 2620 2 Purple & White Scroph 169 7 Purple Umb' 620 1 Yellow Geran' 22 1 Purple Rub' 40 1 White ----- 85 Nat ord unknown ------ 60 Plants unflowred Polenion' 407 2 Purple Grara' 29830 3 Stems about 700, spikelets 10700Total of open fls 165912 " " fls in bud say 100,000 The yellow of these Comps' " " withered " 40000 is extremely deep & rich & bossy " Nat ords' 9-11 as though the sun had filled " Species 16-17 their petals with a portion of " Mosses 1000000 his very self - it exceeds the purple of all the others in superficial quantity forty or fifty times their whole amount, but to an observer who first looks downward & then takes a more & more distant view, the yellow gradually fades & purple flowers are higher. In depth the purple stratum is about ten or twelve inches, the yellow, seven or eight & second purple of mosses, one - I'm sorry my page is done I have not told anything[in margin: I thought of you Mrs. Carr, when I was in glorious Yosemite & of the prophecy of the Priest: [that?] you would see it & worship there in company with your Doctor Priest & I. It is by far the grandest of all of His special temples of Nature I was even permitted to enter. It must be the sanctum sanctorum of the Sierras & I trust that you you will all be led to it.] 00453


Near Snelling, Merced Co. Calif.

Date Original

1868 Jul 26


Original letter dimensions: 21.0 x 40.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1232

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Page 4


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