John Muir


John Muir


[A. H.] Sellers


Martinez June 24, 1898

My dear Sellers

I congratulate you on the happy journey onward of your good father the so called death - of a good man in ripe age is no more to be deplored than the bright sundown end of a good day Both an [alike?] natural & ordained by God's love.
You need not lament my failure to get the flowers of the magnifica Silver Fir that trip with you, for I at last found them in all their glory. After searching the woods above Donner Lake & in the Washoe Range I went to Shasta, wallowed up through the snow nearly to the timberline. found not a single female flower & only one tree with a few immature male ones. Then went up the Scott mountains with no better results. Went home & corresponded with the botanists I had engaged to collect [illegible] elsewhere, but hearing nothing promising from them & the time of close of bloom drawing nigh I went again to Truckee where I left you & thence up the Sierra to the rest of the


North end of Lake Tahoe hoping that thereabouts I would find them on some sheltered tree beneath overlapping limbs spared from the killing frost of last season. & [Lo?] like a bee with a good flower nose I went straight to the one fertile tree of the ten thousand, obtained a magnificent lot in prime condition, & five hours later had them on their way to Boston by express. Then I wrote to my correspondents to cease their search but ere my letters could have reached them they all sent word of their failure. So there you see Scotch love knowledge once more rewarded. I tried to drag Keith with me for fresh air & fresh color but of course the [unspared?] paint crank hadn't seen enough to go.
If nothing [untoward?] happens Ill be east in August or September. Will make a trip southward along the Allegheny with Sargent & Canby then if you are free we will make a trip in the midst of the Indian Summer color in the lake region
We thank you for the generous invitation including all the family though I dont see how Mrs M & the children could leave home for so long.

With thanks & best wishes

Ever Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Jun 24


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0223

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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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