[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell
Hamilton Nevada September 11th 1878.
Dear Mrs Bidwell,
I was refreshed & delighted by your long, bright, hearty letter, so full of real sympathy, & friendly interest for all of which I must thank you before I write another line. & next I hasten to congratulate you on your happiness in having your name associated with so interesting a little wild flower As soon as I saw it, before reading your account of it I said, “This bonnie wee poly [illegible] must be new”. He is indeed a neat & jolly little fellow, though not belonging to the very first families of Floras Kingdom. His near relatives the Eriog[illegible], are developed in great beauty & abundance throughout the plains & mountain ranges of this vast region. You must indeed [underlined: study] botany. You cannot yield your heart to Gods precious plant people too unreserved by your opportunities are excellent. With so clear & whole [illegible] & far-seeing a soul as Gray to cheer you on, & so fine a field at home & in the near mountains. You must go ahead
& the farther you go the greater will be your joy. Every creature belonging to God when lovingly studied leads up to himself along a way that ever becomes more & more brilliantly lighted; & no terrestrial way is more delightful to human feet than flowers. Never mind very much about your plants being new. They are all new, & everyone of them is full of God. Think what hosts of new friends you will make among those handsome people of God & how they will lighten & brighten & enrich your life, go on, go on, & see how they will extend your vision. This is the center of the great white Pine [mining?] excitement. No less than 28,000 claims were made, only 15 of which are now worked, & of these only one – the Eberhardt gives much hope or money. Hamilton & Treasure City are silent now. but Natures work goes on gloriously Our course from here his southward along the W[illegible] Pine Range, about eighty miles – thence eastward to the Snake Range & on across Utah. Our address will be [underlined: Hamilton Nevada] until the end of the month, having made arrangements to have our letters forwarded from here. hearty regards to the [general?]
[in margin: Your home must be very beautiful with its fruits & flowers. & that grand magnaminous old fig tree - “Resting under a vine or fig tree” is laden with meaning in this sunbeaten land, With more thanks I am ever Cordially yr friend John Muir]
1878 Sep 11
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Annie Kennedy] Bidwell, 1878 Sep 11." (1878). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 442.
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