John Muir


[Asa] Gray]


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FOR REFERENCE USE ONLY Reproduced from the original in The Yale University Library Permission necessary for reproduction or publication [Muir, John] Oakland Nov 25th 1873Prof Gray, Dear friend Your report upon the plants sent from the head of the North Fork of the San Joaquin was duly received Here are a few specimens collected by Dr Kellogg & myself in a long excursion southward about the heads of the Middle & South Forks of the San Joaquin & of the Kings & Kern Rivers. The season was too far advanced for much to be done in botany yet we met many plants new to us & I made raids among the high fountains of these rivers wh resulted in the discovery of many glaciers & Yosemite Canons. We found a new pine, perhaps [aristata?] growing abundantly on both sides of the Sierra at an elevation of from 9 to 11,000 ft on all the mountains about the head of the South Fork of Kings & Kern Rivers. In sheltered localities it grows straight as an arrow with a round smooth delicately tapered hole, & with long upcurving branches, some branches are reached out exceptionally long for the bearing of the cones after the manner of the sugar pine, this producing a great variety of picture[illegible] forms. In old age the branches become lean


Oakland, [Calif]

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1873 Nov 25


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