Henry Edwards


H[enry] Edwards


John Muir


[4]of kindred minds. I have often longed that you were here, [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] H. EdwardsJ. Muir.00551 [1] California [illegible] San Francisco. August 25. 1871My dear Muir Your kind letter, which was so welcome to me, found me confined to my bed with a severe attack of rhematic [illegible], & indeed since I received it, I have been in too much suffering to write you a line in reply. I sat up to day for the first time in nearly two weeks, & while I was sitting for a little while in my [illegible] room our dear friend Mrs Carr walked in, & brought me your box of butterflies. The sight of them has done me good, & I hope in a day or two, I will be quite rested. Do not again ever think that you cannot collect, or that what you do find will be valueless. In the

[2]Small box which you sent me, are 4 [pieces?] new to my collection, & 2 of these are new to science. I cannot if I write for a week, tell you how interesting they are to me. All the [specimens?] are rare, & are different from those found in the valley. The 2 new [pieces?] are the bright crimson copper one from Cathedral Peak, & one of the small [illegible] butterflies. There is a [illegible] of greenish yellow ones, very rare & interesting. The [illegible] ones described [from a pair only which?] were taken by the Geol. Survey at the head waters of the Taolumne River, [illegible] [illegible] no other have turned up until you found it now. If you see some, get all you can, a hundred will not be too many. You see how greedy I am. The [Parnassin?] (i.e. them with the red [pots?]) are [3]also of special interest to me, [and I am?] busy studying the whole g[illegible]. In fact I have not for a very long time received so truly interesting [illegible] of butterflies, & I thank you for them with my whole heart. Muir, I do not say this for the sake of saying it, but it is true, & as I really mean it. It is really very [illegible] that a few [illegible] from the Yosemite should produce their so very different [furs those of the valley itself, & at the?] same time so characteristic in their form. It is another of the beautiful fields for thought which your wonderful region opens up, & which [illegible] you lovely mountains so [illegible] to a [illegible] . I hope you will go on to find your [illegible] & best enjoyment away such seems & that in the end [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]


San Francisco

Date Original

1871 Aug 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0503

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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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