[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
1898 May 11
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Charles Sprague] Sargent, 1898 May 11." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2095.
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