manly & fine in character & self reliant. We must wait a while for the highest & finest culture - when I am in the South & when I think of parts of the West I saw, it seems a quite herculean task to bring our whole country out of the barbaric - Mr Emerson is well this winter he is getting old now & I fancy will not go beyond his earlier efforts in what he does, but he[in margin: Remember us to Mr & Mrs Leidy when you see them. Yours very truly S. T. Forbes I found Prof [illegible] had specimens of the flowers you gave me] My dear Mr MuirI have only just received your note & its contents, thank you very much. the bulbs & seeds are at Mr Forbes's office & I have ordered them sent to my gardener to take care of until the ground thaws - at present it is covered with snow & ice & frozen so that it rather looks like the beginning[in margin: is always kind & gentle - his daughter my [illegible] wife is in Europe with my son & their four children Three are boys & I hope will show]
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