W[illiam] P. Gibbons
in the eyes of the family, beside the poetical & aesthetic side of the display. Humph! talk of glaciers – their magnificence – sublimity – of their broad fields of [illegible] splendor: — they are but skeletons dressed up in gorgeous apparal, when compared with the living ever growing beauty & luxious flavor of nature’s parlor gardens! The Lord only knows what would have become of the human race, if Eve had led her fellow into a vineyard instead of a crab apple orchard. It is humiliating to reflect that such an ass as Oscar Wilde should have stirred up with his ass-the-ticism the wealth & beauty of the land to the time of 50.000 dollr. while the world has no honors to confer on the true nobleness of nature! But there’s a good time coming, some day or other.Kellogg is still nosing over his [illegible] drawings. The only recreation he takes is pipe smoking. [illegible] has his house in Alameda nearly completed, so that the family is fairly anchored on our side of the bay. The whole family send their kindest regards to yourself & wife. By the way, I’ve some notion of buying 5 or 10 acres & turning horticulturalist. I have a parcel of peach, almond, plum & fig trees, & some grape vines, suffuiently large to put out in orchard shape, & I begin to look forward to the time when it will be prudent to give up professional toil & settle down in the quite current of declining life. I wish you would write
1883 Nov 4
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 04, Image 1126
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