John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


[4] 00840

ice. & may possibly find my way home in the fall to see my mother. I wonder if you will really go quietly away south when your office term expires & rest in the afternoon of your life among your pine & orange leaves, or, unable to yet full absolution from official & Womans Rights unrest, you will fight & squirm till sundown. Ive seen nothing of you all these fighting years. I suppose nothing less than an [underlined: exhaustive] miniature of all the leafy creatures of the globe will satisfy your Passadena aspirations. You know how little real sympathy I can give in such play garden schemes, still if so in appreciative & unavailable a man as I may be of use at all, let me known Ever cordially yrs John Muir.


920 Valencia St #21 Apr 9th 1879.

Dear Mrs Carr.

I did not send the pine book to you because I was using it in rewriting a portion of the Cal Forest article which will appear in Scribner May or June, & because before it could have reached you you were according to your letter to be in San Francisco & could then take it with you. It is entitled “Gardon’s Pineturn”. – Published by Henry Garden, Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Stationers’ Hall Court. 1845, 2d Edition. It is an “exhaustive” work, very exhausting anyhow, & contains a fine big much of little.

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The summit pine of our Sierra is P. Albianlis of Engelmann. & the P. flexilis Torr given in this work as a synonym is a very different tree, growing spa[illegible] on the Eastern flank of the Sierra, from Bloody Canon Southward, but very abundant on all the higher Basin ranges, & on the Wahsatch & Rocky Mountains. The Grange book is it seems another exhaustive [deleted: book] work. There is something admirable in the scientific nerve & aplomb manifested in the titles of these swollen volumes. How a tree book can be exhaustive when every species is ever on the [ living?] from one form to another with infinite variety, it is not easy to see. I haven’t the least idea who


Mr Rexford is, but if connected with the Bulletin I can probably get the title of his Citrus book through Mr Williams, will probably see him next Sunday. The Sunday Convention Ma[illegible] offered me a hundred dollars for two lectures on the Yosemite rocks in June, I have not yet agreed to do so, though I probably shall, as I am not going into Colorado this summer. Excepting a day at San Jose with Allen I have hardly been out of my room for weeks. pegging away with my quill & accomplishing little. My last efforts were on the preservation of the Sierra forests, & the wild & trampled conditions of our flora from a bee point of view. I want to spend the greater portion of the season up the coast observing


920 Valencia St.[San Francisco, Calif]

Date Original

1879 Apr 9


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1040

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