Augusta Ackinson


John Muir


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all the time while there I could not help but think of you. for it is the most natural thing in the world to associate the Big trees with you, as to associate you with the Big Trees.
It was my first visit and you can imagine the wonderful impression


No. 95 North Bonnie Ave

Pasadana, Cal.

My Dear John Muir,

Dear Friend:

As you are a friend to all nature, you must be a friend to me, for I am part of Nature. We have just returned from a short (too short) visit to the Big Trees in the Big Basin. and


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it made on me. I just wanted to breath, breath in God - and keep still. How I would love to tramp all over those dear mountains and know them; I love them any way.
I visited some friends at a little place in the Santa Cruz mountains, Ben Lomond, and we went to the Big Basin from there, but did not make much of a stay. While at Ben Lomond I trampled in the woods alone much of the time, and how I did enjoy it! I found a most beautiful shrub of which I am not able to find the name, and will send a little stem of it to you under separate cover, and wish you would tell me what it


when the plant had come in contact with the earth, the roots are sort of yellow, much as are the roots of mulberry.
I know how busy you are, and much as I dislike to trouble you, still I am selfish enough to ask this favor of you. I won't take up any more of your time now. It had been so long since

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is. It was so beautiful in its home, grew along the bank of a mossy little brook and reminded me somewhat of the bitter sweetberries in the east, although it is a bush and in its natural state looks like little lanterns hung along the underside of the stems and leaves. I brought home some roots and I saw that roots had started.



I heard any thing from you I just wanted to "shake Hands" and hope you might be intending to come south this winter so we could have the pleasure of seeing you again.
Wishing you all success I am cordially yours

(Mrs. J. L.) Augusta Atkinson

P. s. Am anticipating your new book.


Pasadena, Calif.

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Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

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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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