John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[8]Can it be that a single flower or wee, or grass, in all these prairies occupies a [chance position?] Can it be that the folding or curvature of a single leaf is wrong or undetermined in these gardens that God is keeping - The most microscopic portions of plants are beautiful in themselves, and these are beautiful combined into [individuals?] & undoubtably all are woven with equal care into one harmonious beautiful whole - I have the analyses of two other handfuls of [illegible] [plants?] which I will show you at another time We hope to be in Madison in about three weeks. To me all plants are more precious than before, my poor eye is not better or worst A cloud is over it but in [going?] over the [wildest?] landscapes I am not always sensible[in margin: My love to Allie & [illegible] Butler and all my friends Please tell the Butlers [when?] [illegible] are [coming?] Their invitation is prior yours but your homes are not widely separated. I [promise?] to write again before leaving [illegible] You will [illegible] have all my [illegible] & I will have [illegible] to listen. Most cordially John Muir][5]had Hugh Miller seen it then he would not have called regalis the finest of British ferns. I think that I have seen specimens of the ostrich fern in some places of [illegible] which might rival my [Osmunda?] in height, but not in beauty & sub[illegible]. I was anxious to see Illinois prairies on my way home, So we went to Decat- ur near the centre of the state thense north by Rockford & Jan[illegible]ville, I botanized one week on the [illegible] about seven miles southwest of [illegible]. I gathered the most beautiful bouquet there that I ever saw I seldom make bouquets I never saw but very few that I thought were at all beautiful I was anxious to know the grasses & sedges of the [illegible] [illegible] and also their comparative abundance so


[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 1100

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