John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


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2there was a good crop but nearly every flower was killed by frost & most every leaf bud so that there was only a few overlapped protected branches in special hollows that are [bearn?] This year The fresh ripe staminate flrs are colored rosy purple - the pistillate bright yellow-green with a tinge of purple on the top of the scales. Not one tree in a thousand has pistillate flrs. & you can hardly guess what hacking & climbing with Scotch obstinacy was required to get the few I have sent you I was determined that the last vol of your glorious tree book should not go forth incomplete - if I could help it. I corresponded with quite a number of intelligent people [living?] in the woods but in this year of scarcity they were of no account, & when mid-June came I'm glad I pushed into the wood myself. Here is a grand coniferous generalization from [Lemmon?] - the almost comical effort of a giant by a pigmy I had a note the other day from our


Martinez [Calif.]

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1898 Jun 21


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