John Muir


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to the White Mtns first. [oct 14]. Sargent better, had few hrs of sleep. I am resting today and writing a little, cold, cldy; slept till 8 this morning. Look back with pleasure on grand S. trip. Trees here and towards NY coloring fine; hickories one equal mass of orange yel brownish, not bright but making striking effect among green and half green maples and red and bronze of dogwood and red. The finest color seen so far as in the N Carolina woods between Roan Mtn and Lenoir and the richest woods and richest every way. Sargent took me over to the Arboretum library; saw Faxon, who planned a trip to Lake George and Champlain and White Mtns. Comparing specimens of Texas elm in herbarium with that from tree at Huntsville, discovered the latter to be a new species. I spent a few hrs turning over Micheaux’s Silva, a fine work, good illustrations, written by the son. Wonderful travels. Hope to see them and the Journal of the elder. Sargent gave me Bartram’s travels, a few yrs earlier than Micheaux’s; very interesting. [Oct 15]. Reading Bartram; took short walk, saw walk, saw gray squirrels on lawn and conifers. A Nordmanii silver all over, very striking. Baron Hoffman ? who went to Grand Canon with us called and dined, a pleasant fellow; also Mrs. and Mr. Engleman, son of great Engleman, had a pleasant chat, reminiscences of father, etc. The son not great but bright physician. Mr. Stratton and Mr. Pettigrew, chairman of park commissioners, took me thro’ the park; grand view towards Blue Hills, picturesque, fine colors, features of landscape small but many and richly combined; part of park still wild woods, a grand blessing for Boston. [Oct 16]. Start on my travels N Alice S took me to train and saw me fairly off. Arrived at Albany 2:30 P.M. Stopped over till 11

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