John Muir


John Muir


Asa K. McIlhaney


Exact Copy

Martinez, Cal. Jan. 10, 1913.

Mr. Asa K. McIlhaney,

Bath, Penn.

Dear Sir;

I thank you for your fine letter, but in reply I can't tell which of all God's trees I like best though I should write a big book trying to. Sightseers often ask me which is best, the Grand Canon of Arizona or Yosemite. I always reply that I know a show better than either of them--both of them.
Anglo-Saxon folk have inherited love for oaks & heathers. Of all I know of the world's 250 oaks perhaps I like best the macrocarpa chrysolepis, lobata, Virginiana, agrifolia, and Michauxii.
Of the little heather folk my favorite is Cassiope. Of the trees of the family the Menzies arbutus, one of the world's great trees.
The Hickory is a favorite genus. I like them all, the pecan, the best.



of flower trees magnolia & Liriodendron and the wonderful baobab. Of conifers Sequoia gigantea the noblest of the whole noble race, and sugar pine king of pines, & silver firs especially magnifica. The grand larch forests of the upper Missouri & of Manchuria and the glorious deodars of the Himalaya, Araucarias of Brazil & Chile & Australia. The wonderful Eucalyptus, 200 species, the New Zealand Metrosidoros & Agathis. The magnificent eriodendron of the Amazon & the palm and treefern & treegrass forests _ & in our own country the delightful Linden & oxydendron & maples & so on without end. I may as well stop here as anywhere.
Wishing you a happy New Year and good times in God's woods.

Faithfully yours

John Muir.



Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1913 Jan 10


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0041

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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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