John Muir


John Muir


[Strentzel family]


[in margin: Apr. 27, 1878]

Friends three,

The [wheezy, asthmatic?] old slow-coach Constance squirmed up to the wharf at 5 o’clock, & reached San Francisco at [ 8.40.?] The fine ferns & flowers you gave me are distributed & doing beauty-duty in a dozen homes. The little white fringe petaled favorite of yours is Telima. With pleasant memories of your green hills & flowery fruity home I am cordially yrs, John Muir.

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[deleted: until] And in spring & early summer when the hot sunbeams are poured lavishly down upon the snow fountains of the Alps, & the liberated waters sing jubilee, then is the flood time of our songsters melody, & [deleted: the] his richest strains course pour= =ing from his breast, like a river over- =flowing its banks – But as to the in= =fluence of the weather – dark days & sun- -days seem all alike to [underlined: him] The voices of most song birds suffer a long winter eclipse, but I never knew an ouzel to cease his singing in any season, or in any kind of weather snowing, blowing, cloudy, or clear, all the same he sings, & never a note of sadness – no need of spring sunshine to thaw his song, for it never freezes, nothing wintry


[San Francisco]


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 31 cm.

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