Peter L. Trout
(4)the few coniferous trees that grow in your neighborhood also of the birch trees. Also a few of the cones. The birch flowers perhaps in June. The spruce perhaps a month later. You will find the fertile flowers (that is those that grow into cones) on the top branches. The cones require two years to mature. Of course some of the leaves should be sent, but the specimens need not be at all large. Your account of the topography & notes of on the trees, brush, grass flowers etc & the action of fire on the tundras is all very interesting to me & I would like lots of the same. I saw a good deal of tundras from Saint Michael Northward - [Goloria?] Bay, Norton Sound Kotzebue Sound & around Point Barrow. Also on the shores of Behring Sea on the Siberian side. Have walked over those [turrocky?] [bogs?] you so well describe & know well what Arctic Mosquitoes are. When on the Jeanette search Expedition, I had many opportunities for short trips, & have been on the headwaters of the Yukon & MacKenzie but never have been in the interior region of the basin. Therefore all your observations on weather streams snow ice topography geography etc etc will be interesting If I can be of use to you here let me know. I wish you Godspeed & good luck & when your pile is big enough come & see me. Take precious care of your health.Ever Your FriendJohn Muir
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Reel 10, Image 0723