John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


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2the flowers. While Miss Eastwood starts this evening for the Sierra summit above Truckee & I have a friend in Yosemite watching the trees around the rim of the valley, so we can hardly fail to get good flrs even in so bad a year as this.I have got through the first reading of your pine volume. It is bravely sturdily handsomely done. Grand old ponderosa you have set forth in magnificent style describing its many forms & allowing species makers to name as many as they like. While showing their inseparable characters. But you should have mentioned the thick scaly uninflammable bark with which like a wandering warrior of King Arthurs time it is clad, as accounting in great part for its wide distribution & endurance of extremes of climate. You seem to rank it above the Sugar Pine, But in youth & age clothed with beauty & majesty Lambertiana is easily King of all the worldwide realm of pines while ponderosa is the noble unconquerable mailed knight without fear and without reproach.


Martinez [Calif.]

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1898 Jun 7


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