[Charles Sprague] Sargent
Martinez, Mar. 25, 1900
My dear Prof. Sargent.
I cannot find a spare copy of No 14 Sierra Club Bulletin. Still if you must have it I'll break my own set. You say I did not try to help you to get good photographs of sugar-pine & Redwood. Go to, you grumbling sinner! sighing by guess like a wounded Jeffrey pine in a gale. I spent days turning over my own Coll. & others in San Frnacisco & sent the best I could find. Mr Sawyer tells me he is going to get a betterlends & try to make a collection of representative trees animals etc, so your long felt want may yet be satisfied. What has bothered you this winter to so completely abolish your
calm Boston temper? Judging by your letters you are as stinging & prickly as a cockspur crataigus. As to this "quitting" business, how can a fellow quit what he has never joined? To explain this would require the airy wisdom of a Jamaica Plain transcendentalist Who did the quitting when a poor Scotchman was left alone among the Palmettoes of Florida? & who had to be dragged to Alaska like a sinner to Paradise to prevent the rankest wickedest quitting? Ask you conscience or Canby. Verily in the last summers of the Century you seem to have quit everything except your hawthorns & sins - I have no plans as yet for the summer Perhaps you had better join me in a trip through the Sierra parks & brnig a good photographer. May the balmy south woods sweeten you. Love to Canby.
Ever Yours, John Muir
1900 Mar 25
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Charles Sprague] Sargent, 1900 Mar 25." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4254.
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