John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[4]of this neighborhood. We have some of the finest assemblies inarguable. There is a little grassy lakelet about half a mile from here, shaded & sheltered by a dense growth of small oaks just when those oaks meet the marginal sedges of the lake, is a circle of ferns, a perfect brother- hood of the three [illegible] - [illegible] [illegible], & [illegible]. Of the three Claytoniana is the most stalely & luxuriant. I never saw such lordly magnificent clumps before. There average height is not less than 3 1/2 or 4 feet. I measured several [illegible] that exceeded 5 - one 5 feet 9 inches, their palace hor[illegible] gave no evidence of having ever been trampled upon; I do wish you could meet them this is my favorite fern I'm sorry it does not grow in Scotland[1] [Aug, 1867] #12Dear friend Mrs Carr I am now with the loved of home. I rec'd your kind letter on my arrival in Portage. Four weeks ago, I have delayed writing that I might be able to state when I could be in Madison. I have never seen Arethosa nor Aspidimn fragrons, but I know many a meadow where Calopogon finds home - with us it is now in the plenitude of glory, C[illegible] is not here, but I can easily procure you a specimen from the rocks of Owen Sound [illegible] It is there very abundant, so also is s[illegible]. Have you a living specimen of this last fern Please tell me particularly about sending or bringing Calopogon or


[Portage, Wisc.]

Date Original

[ca. 1867 Aug 1-12]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1096

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