P. C. Renfrew
The gist of these love=feasts is now and then resurrected by less striking views strewed at intervals along the pathway of a life abounding (I sometimes think) in hard tasks and small rewards. Yet more frequently they are recalled by etchings from the pens of those devoted men who “make themselves free” to woo from bounteous but ever bashful nature her rarest gems. Need I say that many times I have risen from the perusal of articles closing with your name with “thank you” in my heart or that it now lifts itself in thankfulness to [underlined: one] yet greater for the lieve to express it on paper and for the hope that I may soon clasp your hand and let you hear it from my lips? Your kind response of the 2d is before me and the question about conifers brings me face to face with the fact (which honesty  forces me to acknowledge) that I have never had a treatise on botany in my hand that I now recollect, but [underlined: Nil desperan- dum] I will do the best I can. They comprise, in my judgement, about 75 percent of our forests and includes, in the order of their abun- dance, Yirs, white, red and yellow [ leedar?]. “ & “ Piece “, sugar. yellow: pitch and in the higher altitudes black. Hemlock ice varieties, spruce [illegible]ch, cypress, yew but no Sequoya. On bottom lands we have inter- spersed Maple in variety. Ash, cot touwood, alder & hazel. Our Legu nim- osal are in small variety, Chiukopin its chief representation. Of ericaceous trees we have a greater number and the clay hillsides where fires have swept off the fir are spangled with Ma[illegible] and bristle with [illegible]- quita & ceanothus. Our forest are made
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon
1879 Feb 26
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
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