John Muir


John Muir


[J. H.] Mell[ichamp]


[First draft of letter, in note-book #59] (13)


My dear Dr. Mell[ichamp]:

Many thanks for the fine sets of specimens of P. Cubensis and Q. myrtifolia, all of which being so carefully and skilfully packed came to hand in excellent order. I had not noticed before that this, or indeed any of our oaks matured at once, but I see that Prof. S[argent] in a note gives you credit for this discovery in his "Silva.” I am glad you liked my tribute to ? and got pleasure from it. All the others seemed to have forgotten his bro[ther] John who had the same peculiar charm of Southern manner and was quite as much loved and admired by those [who] got near him, though he was never so widely known and popular as a teacher.
I am sending with this a sketch of the glaciers of the Coast which I wrote for the first book of the Harriman Expedition, and of which the publisher sent me a few sets. Unfortunately all the best illustrations of the Muir glacier are in other parts of the big 2 volume book, but I may get them for you get. How big and wild our country still is, and how strange this very part must seem to a S[outh] Carolinian.
With hearty thanks and best wishes, I am, my dear Dr.,
Ever faithfully, yours,




[Martinez, Calif.]


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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