John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[6]I walked one hundred yds' in a straight line, gathering at each step that grass or sedge nearest my foot placing them one by one in my left hand as I walked along without looking at them or entertaining the remotest idea of making a bouquet. At the end of this measured walk my handful of course consisted of one hundred plants arranged in Natures own [illegible] as regards kind comparative numbers & size. I looked at my grass bouquet by chance - was startled - held it at arms length in sight of its own sear & distant scenery and companion flowers. My discovery was complete & I was de- lighted beyond measure with the new & extreme beauty - Here it is00421[7][in margin: Gram [Cyh?]]of K[illegible] crista[illegible] 55 " Agrosits scabra 29 " P[illegible] 7 " P " - [illegible[ 7 " Stipa spartea 7 " Poa alsordes 7 " P" - pratensis [1?] " Caux pamiea 4 " C Noa[illegible] [1?]The extremely fair & diffuse purple agsost[illegible], contrasted most divi[illegible] with the taller str[illegible] [illegible] Koel[illegible] the lo[illegible] single stipla too & P' Clan[illegible] and their broad [illegible] leaves & purple muffy pishils played an important part, so also did the Cy[illegible] spikes of the edges all were just in place - every leaf had its [illegible] taper, and texture, & exact measure of green - Only its p[illegible] seemed out of place, & as might be expected it proved to be an intruder belonging to a field or bouquet in Europe


[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 1102

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Page 4


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