Geo. Englemann, M. D. 3003 Locust Street.
St. Louis, Mo., April 11 1881
My dear Mr Muir
Let me congratulate you and Mrs Muir on the happy event, of which a kind note from Dr Strentzel has just informed me. Well, when this reaches your, the matter is already old and congratulations are out of date; what was a baby then, is now a young lady, she can at least say Papa and Mama. Who ever has once been roaming about in California wants to be there again, and who has seen [illegible] and [illegible] [harken after?] spring and fresh delightful vegetation. But whether it will come to that? I do not know yet! But as I certainly shall not (if at all) be there in season for the flowering of the Oaks I would ask you to get for me at least the two species which grow close about you. One is [illegible] cobata, which grows as you
[letterhead] Knows, [above?] the stables on the Creek; the other is [illegible] [Douglasis?], the blue mountain oak, on the bare hills above you a few specimens of each of them in flower and again a week or two later when the leaves are not yet fully grown (showing the f[illegible] flowers or [young acorns?]) would be very desirable. I would say that I found a few specimens of the Cobata also on the hills, but Douglasis is readily distinguished by the smoother, whiter bark, the [smaller and less color leaves?]; it seems to be the [illegible] tree on the [illegible] hills. And now my best wishes for mother and daughter and all of you
Yours truly [G Engelmann?]
St. Louis, Mo.
1881 Apr 11
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.
Engelmann, George, "Letter from G[eorge] Engelmann to John Muir, 1881 Apr 11." (1881). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 628.
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