Wife [Louie Wanda Muir]
Sep 25 1898
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
Cloudland, N. C.
1898 Sep 25
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Wife [Louie Wanda Muir], 1898 Sep 25." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2189.
Reel 10, Image 0321
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