John Muir


[Asa] Gray


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[1] Muir Yosemite Valley Feb 22' 1873Dear Dr Gray Your letter of Jan 14th arrived just before our trails were snow blocked. The seeds I sent in a letter envelope are Libo- cedrus decu[illegible] As for the express charges on the primula box I have not got the recipt by me & cannot tell what they amounted to but you must remember that you gave me money sufficient to prepay all such boxes for a year to come Next summer I will find a new genus & a[in margin: Ever very cordially yrs John Muir] [4]They know little of the character of a pine tree who see it only when swaying drowsily in a summer breeze or when balanced motionless & fast asleep in hushed sunshine Our Laurel was in flower a month ago, so was our winter wheat (Libo cedrus) We are grandly snowbound & have all this winter glossy of sunlight & storm shade to ourselves Our outside doors are locked, & who will disturb us? I call your attention to the two large yellow & purple plants from the top of Mt Lyell, above all of the pinched & blinking dwarfs that almost justify Darwins mean ungodly ward, "Struggle" They form a rounded expansion upon the wedge of plant life that slants up into the thin lean sky. They are the noblest plant mountaineers I ever saw, climbing above the glaciers into the frosty a[illegible] & flowering in purple & gold, rich & abundant as ever. [in margin: responded to the thick, creamy sun gold of the tropics]


Yosemite Valley

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1873 Feb 22


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