C[harles] S[prague] Sargent
I thank you cordially for your letter of congratulations. They are delightful but previous.The Silva is not finished and very little of the last two volumes is actually written. The publishers have said that it will probably be out during the first half of next year, but before those two volumes see the light of day I must travel many weary miles and repose in many beds which would make that delightful hostelry at Waldo, Oregon, appear like the palace of a sybarite.If you stay quietly in Martinez and think that Canby and I have nothing but fun in hunting Crataegus, that your mind may be disabused of any such idea take the train via the Southern Pacific in time to meet us at Vicksburg, Mississippi, or Shreveport, Louisiana, both places easily reached from your part of the world, about the 12th of April and go with us through Arkansas and southern Missouri to St. Louis and then eastward to Boston. When this journey is over you will have seen many beautiful flowers which you have never seen before and you will realize that writing Silvas is not all fun.Come on, you need to get away from California again for a while, and you have always wanted to see our spring flowers.Canby and I probably won't make many more such trips as this and you never will have a better opportunity to journey with us through the forests of the Mississippi valley.Tele-
graph if you can accept and I will name a date and place for meeting.
John Muir, Esq,
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
1901 Mar 18
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Sargent, Charles Sprague, "Letter from C[harles] S[prague] Sargent to John Muir, 1901 Mar 18." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4396.
Reel 11, Image 0645
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