John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1863


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“ appearance of [ ] [compare] with great [tall] [ears] & those of Autumn

The oak openings of the west where our plant seems most at home are northern prairie now treeless lands more [woody/nearby] [resemble] [ ] [of] [ ] [is] [Down/Dome] & [north] [ ] [now] prairie than the densely timbered regions of Michigan & Indiana Indeed all that would be required to make an acre of prairie in many parts of our openings would be to remove [ ] wide branchy oaks together with the [ ] species of shade plants that thrive beneath them for nearly all of the flowers & all of the grasses & sedges of the prairie [& all of the prairie flowers] are [present] here were the soil od the openings the same as that of [the] [ ] doubtless [our] trees would not have been [permitted] to grow not because such a soil is incapable of growing [oak] trees but – because when young & [tender] they are killed by the annual fires that devour the [boxwood]

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