June 28 1880.
My Dear Muir
When there is a woman in the case, All other things of course give place. So let me first congratulate you on your marriage-- the news of which you drop on us, of a sudden.--that it seems your honey-moon began in April. And, let me tell you marrying is not a solus tho it may be a solace. Two people are always concerned in it. You have mentioned the name of one party, John Muir, but you say not a word about the [illegible]. Now who is she? My wife & I wish to include her in the congratulations which we herewith most heartily tender to you. Next, thank you for the
satisfactory specimen of the Alaskan Cyress. Cupressus nootkatensis. And I can tell you that the apparently inter middle [illegible] [illegible]. is about to be finished. I saw Mr. Watson to-day polishing off the last sheets of the copy of the [illegible]. He is going to Idaho. [illegible] as soon as he gets the copy all in - in 2 or 3 days - and much he needs the change. Prof. Whitney is to see to the bringing out of the volume, and to the printing forthwith of a new ed. of it. I. I understand [illegible], that the two volumes are to be also printed, on smaller & thin paper, as one [stout?] & [illegible] column, which I think will be most handy and useful.
Sargent, Parry & [illegible] are on the way to San Francisco & thence to Brit. Columbia. Your interesting account of the forest in Alaska will tempt them to go on northward. Look for the trio at the Palace Hotel, S.F. by the time you get this. [illegible] aquil[illegible] in Alaska [grows more?] as it does in England & Scotland And now, repeating best wishes for yourself & Mrs. Muir, I am
Very sincerely yours
… Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass.
1880 Jun 28
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 25.5 cm.
Gray, Asa, "Letter from Asa Gray to John Muir, 1880 Jun 28." (1880). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 563.
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