John Muir


John Muir


Wife [Louie Wanda Muir]



Sep 25 1898

Dear Louie.

We drove up here from Cranbury Yesterday, a distance about 18 miles through the most beautiful deciduous forests I ever saw. All the landscapes in every direction are made up of mountains, a billowing sea of them without bounds as far as one can look. & every mountain hill & ridge & hollow is densely forested with so many kinds of trees their mere names would fill this sheet. & now they are beginning to put on [this?] purple & gold. Liriodendron Nyssa, sassafras, oxydendron mountain Ash Tilia birch beech hickory ash magnolia 3 species, Chestnut, etc. & maples I wish I could hand you a bouquet of these leaves their beauty is perfectly enchanting.
After lunch yesterday we walked 5 or [illegible] miles along the mountain top where the tremendous storms of winter prevent trees from growing here the open broad ridge top for miles is covered with



rhododendron about 5 ft high when in flower must make a glorious show. Around the base of the rhododendron [clumps?] there is a rich bossy growth of Leiophyllon buxifolia a charming heathwort. The temp. is distinctly Alpine & for the first time since leaving home feel like my old self I can now walk ten miles without great weariness. I have been quite miserable but this air has healed me. I trust all goes well at home. I supposed you are writing Care of Johnson & Sargent. Ill probably be in New York by the middle of next month. Then to Sargents again he is going to take me to Hunnewells & I dont know how many other places I hope Maggie is beginning to feel better as the weather cools.
Wanda Helen Love to all

From Your loving husband

John Muir



Cloudland, N. C.

Date Original

1898 Sep 25


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0321

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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