[John Muir]


[Merrills & Moores]


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I wish I were among the storms & winds of the N for a while all sights & sounds are strange here (The winds go among the long folds & tassels of long moss & the broad shining live oaks & the dry longfingered leaves of the palmettos & over hundreds of strange vines & bushes gathering up a burden sounds that on Northman can read The streams speak only in low whispers ever in deepest shade muffled with [illegible] that dips upon them from banks above The birds are mostly strange & it requires much time to become accustomed to the voices, the mocking bird is a very fine singer and a noble good looking bird & many of the smaller wood birds are perfect gems both in song & appearance I think that some of our northern birds that winter here get a foreign accent even the crow it seems to me puts on airs & caws in a different language) The climate of these Keys is perfectly delightful in the winter when the sun shines with its very best light just the same in quality as that which fills the balmy days of your Indian summer I known of but one deciduous tree or bush on the island all retain their green leaves without any of the tints of Autumn but plant green here is not so bright & pure as it is at the N because the grass leaves are coarser & stand more upright & because the sun beams so glance & blaze upon the glossy thick evergreen leaves of the trees which are so abundant that the whole green of the landscape is mixed & whitened I have repeatedly gone up to examine a bush that seemed to be white with flowers but which had only bright leaves We often go the house top to see the sun set we obtain a splendid view of land & water & sea It could not be more beautifully arranged I never saw more beautiful sunsets anywhere the sky colored to the most perfect loveliness Jo M[illegible] M[uir?]Climate fls Brds etc.\ of Fla 01042


Ced[ar] Key[s], [Fla]

Date Original

1868 Jan 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1166

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