Martinez, Cal. Jan 2d, 1882.
My dear Asa Gray
I cordially wish you a happy new year, & rejoice with your many friends that you are once more in your own country & still strong to work & enjoy. Parry was here a short time ago & we greatly enjoyed his visit. He reported Dr Engelman unwell & likely to seek California next season for health as well
I shall fondly hope that you also will come again to this side the big botanic garden for another ramble among the trees & to delight your friends. The [Bidwells?] among others would be beside themselves with joy should you bless them with another visit Mr & Mrs Parry were up at their big kingdom ranch & they were here too among the vines & so was General Bidwell He is erect & massive as ever. I have not yet heard from those Arctic plants & sent you by express two months ago. Have you received them?
Hoping you will long be spared to bless the people & the plants
I am ever your admiring friend John Muir.
1882 Jan 2
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Asa Gray, 1882 Jan 2." (1882). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 690.
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