John Muir


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I had ere this sought for work in all the mills, and thought of settling out for the fields to pick cotton, or steal corn. On the sixth day I bade farewell to Bonaventure and all its glories. Held a jubilee of bread and took passage in the steamer Sylvan Shore for Fernandina, and thus handsomely terminated my “marching through Georgia.” [Drawing - “My Bonaventure home.”] [Pages 65 to 71 of Journal have been taken out] [Following is another account of same experience, beginning after words, line 6, p. 25, “My whole establishment was on so small a scale that I could have taken”]

The agent at last said, “Yes, the money has come, but how am I to know you are John Muir.” I said, “I know nobody here to identify me, but look at this letter telling how much is sent, by whom, and to whom.” He said, “Yes, that is good as far as it goes, but how am I to know that you have not stolen J. Muir’s letter.” I said, “Well, I suppose you have been to school and know something of botany. Now the letter says that the writer hopes I am having a good botanical time and finding many new plants. If I could steal a letter from John Muir I could not steal his botany try me” [Drawing - “Goldenrods and dwarf palmettos. Florida.” “Saw Palmetto and wand solidago, etc. Southern Georgia and Florida -ab.”] This palmlet is very abundant in every moderately dry and open place in Florida preferring the “Pine barrens.” The leaves are perfect fans in

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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