[John Muir]


Mrs. Irvine L. Lenroot


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May 16th 1905Mrs Irvine L. LenrootSuperior WisDear Madam,It is wonderful how plain stories are mixed & confounded & made false leaving not a single fact in any of them but only the ghost of a fact.T original story abt T dis of Linnaea yu will fd in T art Linnaeus in "A Library of T World's Bst Lit." edited by Chas. Dudly Warner, wch I supp you will easily find. Here are T outlines of T story. A hun yrs aft Lin died Asa Gray, Sir Jos. Hooker & I were [illegible] on Mt Shasta our camp was in a grnd forest of silver035692firs. Aft sup I built a bg fire, & T flowers & T trees illumined by T firelight seemed to be look__ in & listen__ as we talked. Gray told many a story of his life & so did Hooker. Of course we talked of trees, bt it was not wht was said in prs of our grnd [illegible] cedars firs & pines TT was not mem TT night - It was wht was sd of T lowly fragrant namesake of Lin - Linnaeaborealis. Aft a pause in T flow of our conversat__, Gray suddenly sd "Muir, why hv yu not fd Linnaea in Cal? It must be 03569


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1905-05-16 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

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