John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


Indianapolis Aug '30th 67

Dear friend Mrs Carr

We are safely in Ind' I am not going to write a letter, I only want to thank you & the Dr. & all of the boys for the enjoyments of the pleasant botanical week we spent with you We saw as the team hurried us on that the grand harvest of composition would be no fail- ure this year. It is rapidly re- ceiving us purple & gold in gen- erous measure from the precious light of these days. I could not but notice how well appearances in the vicinity of Chicago agreed with Lesquerr[illegible]'s theory of the formation of prairies

We spent about five hours in Chicago. I did not find many flowers in her t[illegible]ous streets, only a few grassy plants of wheat, & two or three pieces of [illegible] A[illegible], [illegible], C[illegible] etc, The weeds I suppose for man to walk upon the wheat to feed him. I saw some green algae, but no mosses, I expected to see some of the latter on wet walls, & in seams on the pavement but I suppose that manufacturers smoke, & the terrible noise is too great for the hardist of them I wish I knew where I was going - doomed to be "carried of the Spirit into the wilderness" I suppose, I wish I could be more moderate in my des[illegible] but I cannot, & so there is no rest. Is not your experience the same in this

I feel myself deeply indebted to you all for your great [illegible] kindeness not any the less if from Itup[illegible] & s[illegible] I forgot on leaving to express it -


J Muir


Indianapolis [Ind.]

Date Original

1867 Aug 30


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 1128

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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