John Muir


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application and policeman appointed to keep order. P.M. ate lunch at another hotel and thus missed invitation from Prof Reid to lunch as we went off to see another park. Saw the old Johns Hopkins home, fine meadows, noble taxodium like Sequoia. Here also oak is king, the glory of the park and woods in general. Visited Garrett Mansion, plain buildings in very fine oak woods, natural save from a little trimming of lower limbs and cutting out of underbrush, seems to have been sown with grass, lawn - like; a few dogwoods, maples or young oaks would make it the finest bit of oak woods in the region where oak is king. Had to give up visit to Reid. Start for Washington at 5, arrive at 6, go to the Arlington, good room with bath at $6 per day exclusive of meals. [Nov 10th]. Drive in carriage to Soldiers’ Home, very cold wind, heavy overcoat and robes required. Good smooth streets, charming oak woods, scarlet oak vivid red hot, every leaf, noble piece of bronze statuary in cemetery, memorial of wife insane. Drive to park wh is still in the rough, good stream branch of Potomac running in wild ravines thro’ it, roads being built; the Zoo with many animals; beavers have built dams; many good specimens of buffalo, elk, kangaroo, lama, mtn sheep, deer, antelope, coons in fork of dead tree in pairs keeping each other warm; many birds, pelican, swan, geese, etc. P.M. drive to Capitol, fine grounds, Ginko peculiar pale pure pleasant Tulp yellow; acres of marble. Library mighty gaudy in fresco but tomby, sepulchral in blue vivid

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