John Muir


John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


Martinez June 31, 1898

My dear Prof. Sargent -

I'm glad to learn you got the magnifica flowers it was all that was needed to complete the job. I went to the Tahoe woods because Miss Eastwood has been gone a week without sending me a word. & I sent the telegram knowing you would be anxious when the flower [tirns?] of these trees would soon be over.
As for thanks I was glad of an excuse to leave my confounded scribbling.
I hope your [palm?] puzzles will soon be solved. Anyhow you get no pity from me on account of the trips to the Florida tangles required. Nothing more delightful than the lonely days spent on the Florida keys did I find on my long southern ramble thirty years ago.
Soon the last vol. of your grand book will be done. Put in your best licks on it.
I greatly admire those who with every incitement & temptation to intellectual sloth amid the so-called

pleasures of the world, buckle down wisely to real work. In the prime of your life unwavering unseduced you have tramped on through Gods woods with the force & steadiness of an intellectual mastadon, & now nearing the end of your colossal job, you may henceforth saunter beneath the arms of the trees listening to their blessings with a shining face round & smooth & tranquil as the moon.
I see nothing in the way of our Atlantic trip & I thank you for planning it. If Canby goes the thing must be perfect. A [contimation?] of last years.
I sent a second box of flrs after learning that Miss Eastwood & Mr Clark & Soone had been unlucky.

Ever Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Jun 31


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Reel 10, Image 0241

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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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