John Muir


John Muir


[F. Bailey] Millerd



Martinez, Thursday

Dear Millard

I'm home & feel fine after my delightful visit to your delightful leafy blossomy nest. Its bosky beauty I'll not forget, nor the lilac-scented air & pleasant evening & morning literary & miscellaneous talks & chats etc etc - Ive just been refreshing my memory on C[illegible]thus. Sargent says there are about thirty species all of them American - four of them on the Atlantic slope, the others are this side The Rocky mountains, most of them in California. The one that so enriches & adorns your home is Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus,- often

called "Blue Myrtle" in cultivation as well as California Lilac. It was first discovered by Eschscholtz in 1816, & was introduced into English gardens in 1837. It is distributed from Mendoeino Co. to the Valley of the San Luis Rey River, & is the largest species sometimes attaining a height of 35 feet - a truly glorious plant. Now I must go to work again on that hug red Canon. Come & see us all of you as soon as you can. I am sending the photos to Larksp[illegible]r which I promised Mrs M. & Elmer. Ever faithfully yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Circa Date

[1902 Sep 24]


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Reel 12, Image 0656

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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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