John Muir


[Catharine Merrill]


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[2]rare peculiar plants of their own, one of these ravines evidently been scooped out for a fern gard- en, 120,000 of my favorite Osmundas live there, all regularly planted at equal distances. The highest point commands a landscape circle of about 1000 sq- ms composed of about 10 or 12 ms of Fox river. Lake Puckawa & 5 or 6 nameless ones - marsh & woodland exquisitely arranged & joined & about 200 hills & some prairie- Ah! these are the gardens for me. There is landscape gardening - while we were there clouds of every texture & size were held above its flowers & moved about as needed - Now increaseing, now diminishing, lighter & deeper shadow, & full sun shine in small and greater pieces side by side as each portion of the great garden required - A shower too has guided over some miles that required watering The streams, & the lakes, & dews, & rains, & clouds, in the hand of god weighed and measured, myriads of plants daily coming into life - every leaf receiving its daily bread, - The infinite work done in calm effortless omnipotence Now we must leave our garden, & I am sure I do it with more pain than I should ever feel in leaving all the jardins des plantes in the world, where poor exiled flowers from all countries are mixed & huddled in royal pens - JM 186700424


[Portage, Wisc.]

Date Original

1867 Aug 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1116

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