John Muir


John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


Martinez, June 9, 1898

My dear Prof. Sargent -

Yours of June 2 was received just after I had mailed you a letter stating the condition of the Abies flower business & sent a few half opened staminate specimens
Miss Eastwood should be back from the summit of the Sierra tomorrow, & she promise to report to me promptly as there is now no time to lose. Should she & Sonne fail I'll go to the woods above the Yosemite next week & try yet once more - the flower crop this year is very scant.
I have about made up my mind to take that Southern Mtn trip with you & Canby in Sep. The weather will be cool & the leaf colors glorious, & in the meatime I may be able to finish those park articles for the Atlantic this haggling to shove nature into words is a monstrous devourer of time & prevents one from learning anything, I ought to have been in Alaska ere this.


I have no fear about the triumphant completion of the Silva the booking of these majestic Western Abies that have so long been growing in your heart & head is a glorious job; & in describing them, after you are done with the technical parts do not fail to let your heart go free for a few moments & give them a line or two of hot praise.
I have the annoucement of the marriage of Henrietta to Guy Lowell - happy fellow give him my congratulations - and give Canby my hearty regards & compel him to the Alleghany Tree festival
Notwithstanding what you so kindly say I am most immoderately proud in having my name associated with the shining host of American pines amid which my best days have been spent.

Ever Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Jun 9


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Reel 10, Image 0197

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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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