Asa Gray


Asa Gray


John Muir




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

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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

Asa Gray


… Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass.

Date Original

1880 Jun 28


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0227

Collection Identifier

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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