John Muir


John Muir


[Asa] Gray



Hetchy Valley & Canon I discovered another grove of Torrey[illegible] & procured seeds from there also.. I shall attend to all of your botanical wants at once, packing as you direct.. The [Gulla percher?] cloth is received. I brought you down sections of Pinns flexilis & Abies Williamso[illegible] from foot of Lyell, but some woodsaving cook has burned them. I am glad to know that all of your visit to our Pacific gardens was so satisfactory to you. If you & Mrs Gray had only exposed yourselves to the plants & rocks & waters & glaciers of our glorious High Sierras I would have been


content to have you return to your Cambridge classes & to all of the just & proper ding dong of civilization.
Agassiz comes not this year to Yosemite, Mrs Ag' writes me that they may visit us in indefinite year or two.

My experiments made on the glaciers of the summits back of Yosemite, fully prove that they are alive, & are living the whole life of glaciers as well as the most orthodox of the swiss alps

Give me work Doctor for I am heavy laden with obligations. - With kindest regards to mrs Gray & yourself. I am ever yours, John Muir


A week ago I discovered a fine congregation of that Clouds Reef Primula on one of the passes of the Hoffman range


Yosemite Valley Oct 10th 1872.

Dear Gray

Your letter & notes of the 11th 13th 20th & 21st Sep' were received yesterday on my return from an excursion of two weeks in the great Tuolumne Canon & high Sierras. Cordial thanks Dr for your true & bulky kindness Your Botanical con- tributions sent in care of Mrs Carr, have also reached me. I have not forgotten your ferns etc I went twice down the canon for seeds of Torrega - once before they were fully ripe, fearing that the Indians & squirrels would eat them all. Also when I was exploring the Hetch


Yosemite Valley

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1872 Oct 10


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