John Muir


John Muir


[Theodore P.] Lukens


as to opening attenuata cones, and the long lide of this tree

Martinez, Dec. 10, 1899

My dear Mr Lukens,

I never shelled out the tuberculata (or attenuata as it is now called) pine seeds I only know that the cones never open until the tree dies & it seldom dies until it is attacked by fire I suppose a quick scorching of the cones would cause them to open without destroying the vitality of the seeds, but great care would be required. Perhaps a summers toasting in the sun would also be effective.
The handsome tree with flat fern like branches is Abies concolor, the other as far as I can make out are the Yellow pine Douglass spruce, Libocedrus & a few Junipers & Sugar pines.

Love to Lottie

Ever Cordially Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1899 Dec 10


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 10, Image 1095

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

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