John Muir


Helen and Wanda [Muir]


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[Page 2] The heather where it is the thickest makes the brownish patches. The heather is a good deal like Cassiope, a small shrub tufty and dense and makes delightful fragrant beds for highlanders and all lovers of fresh flowery breezy wildness. I have not yet climbed the Scotch hills to find out much about heather. I have seen two species, the bell and the common kind. It seldom grows higher than a foot or so, two feet at most. It is very hardy though so lovely and will endure any amount of trampling nibbling and burning. The sheep eat it, and heather mutton may well be the best.


[near] Oban, Scotland

Date Original

1893 Jul 23


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier

1893 July 23 JM to daughters

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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1893 July 23 JM to daughters p2


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