C[harles] S[prague] Sargent
ARNOLD ARBORETUM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY,
My dear Muir:
Today I am fortunate in getting your letters of the 7th and 9th, as well as the staminate flowers of Abies magnifica which, although not fully grown, are not without value as they show clearly some of the early stages of development.
I read with a great deal of pride and pleasure what you say about the last volume of The Silva. I can only wish that I could find language to properly depict the beauty and grandeur of form and constitution of many of our trees, but, unlike you, I am not a poet and have to stick to dry and uninteresting facts displayed in uninteresting language which I cannot believe any one cares to read. You know how to do the trick and I don't, and that is the difference between us.
I am more pleased than I can tell you at the thought of your coming east this summer and I have at once written to Canby asking him to fix a time for our southern journey. My own idea is that we ought not to start before the middle of September, as we do not want to encounter too hot weather. I shall want to be governed a good deal by Canby1s judgment, who knows the country better than I do, and by his ability to leave home which is not as great as mine. I should like very much to meet you in Duluth and make the trip on the Lakes with you as I have never seen them, but I fancy I had best stay at home
this summer and stick to work.
whenever you get east you may be sure of a warm welcome and entire protection from people whom you do not want to see, and all social functions and formalities. We can go down, if you like, and pass a few days on the end of Cape Cod where my family goes for a few weeks every summer; and we can do a lot of other pleasant and informal things about here if you arrive sometime before it is time to start southward.
I will write again as soon as I hear from Canby. I am really very much obliged for all the trouble you have taken about these Abies flowers, and I regret exceedingly that you should have had this long journey to Shasta with such inadequate results. Such disappointments as this, however, will show you how much trouble I have had in getting The Silva along as far as it is, and how much anxiety I still feel about the concluding parts. The new Palms of southern Florida especially harass me, and I do not yet see my way clear to obtain the material I need.
Nothing new in the forestry situation in Washington. Let me hear from you again soon, and believe me,
always faithfully yours,
John Muir, Esq.
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
1898 Jun 15
Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.
Sargent, Charles Sprague, "Letter from C[harles] S[prague] Sargent to John Muir, 1898 Jun 15." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2103.
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