John Muir


John Muir


[Asa] Gray


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[Muir, John]

Yosemite Valley Sep 10th 1873

Dear Gray, Yours of Aug 4th recd. Thank you Our High Sierra Aquilegia [drawing] is usually pale rose or bluish purple in color changing to dull cream, yellow when dying, quite variable. The flowers are very delicate in texture & in color – almost transparent. Carulea is far too blue a name – chrysantha to yellow. Have you heard from the wee botrychinum you sent to Eaton. We found it on the head of the Merced R at elevation of 8,000. the dwarf & giant growing nearly together. On my way to the glaciers at the head of the San Joaquin. I was wildly delighted on meeting a big Anemone about the size of our dear Wisconsin & [illegible] with heads of silky achenia 1 ½ inches dia’. The withered [illegible] showed that the [flrs?]

must be at least 2 inches dia’ – the [illegible] [illegible[ are finely & sharply dissected. Mrs Carr, I find has carried off all the specimens I brought down to camp, & also all of the seed!!. I will write her to send you one. I will gather your seeds, Abis [illegible] & Torreya — Had a glorious six weeks of free mountainanity with Carr & Kellogg they botanizing, I glacerizing Had one lovely scramble of fourteen days among the black jagged peaks at the head of the Merced Tuolumne & San Joaquin Rivers, — bagged thirty four active glaciers, Dr Kellog & I are about to set out for the region about the heads of the South Fork of the San Joaquin & Kings & Kern Rivers. I pushing back among the glaciers that I know are there, K botanizing on lower ground we separating a week or so at a time . From head of Kern R we will cross over to Owens River Valley thence along

north past Mono to Lake Tahoe & yet northward untill snow falls. Thanks for biography of Sullivant, Farewell I hear the mtns calling. Ever cordially yrs John Muir

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Yosemite Valley

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1873 Sep 10


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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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