John Muir


John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


Martinez May 11, 1898

My dear Prof Sargent,

I have just returned from a four days trip of inspection of magnifica around Truckee Not a single coniferous bud is yet open thereabouts, so this year I was too early, as last year too late. I found that many of last years young leaves & cones were killed by frost & consequently this years crop of cones is likely to be small, still one can hardly fail to get flowers somewhere. I took Sonne with me & have him [roused?] to watch magnifica almost from day to day I reported to Miss Eastwood & she will go to the summit of the Sierra in June unless she hears from Sonne that he has collected & forwarded the flowers. I have also engaged a man in Yosemite - who is a collector of Conifer seeds to send me the Magnifica flowers & I will be ready to go again myself in June if necessary.


I thank you for the invitation to the glorious round headed Atlantic forests with Canby. Perhaps I should go to the glaciers of Yakutat Bay, Prince Williams Sounds & Cooks Inlet. Any how I'll let you know after this magnifica business is settled. Abbots letter is very interesting. Remember me to him when you write.
I have done all I could in writing to members of Congress on the Reservations & getting other friends to write, & getting resolutions of the Sierra Club forwarded by telegraph & post. But in the excitement & [dim?] of this confounded war the silent trees stand a poor show for justice.
Your 11th vol of Silva arrived the other day & I at once turned to Muggins & Ponderosa to see your conclusions on these wildly varied species & your descriptions of them. Both are well done though you should have sounded their praises for strength & beauty & indomitable unkillable courage louder & longer.


Later I happened to notice the dedication & it made my heart jump with joy as no other honor I have received ever did. The Harvard A.M. & Wisconsin University L.L.D. are as nothing to this. So you will know how deep my thanks are. You might have dedicated this grand volume to anyone of a hundred better botanists but to none that loves a pine tree more than

Your humble friend & admirer

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 May 11


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0173

Collection Identifier

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

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see )

Owning Institution

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Archives, Boston, Massachusetts. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



3 pages


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



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.