[Joseph] Le Conte
 Yosemite Dec 17th 71Dear [Joseph] Le Conte My seasons work is done & I have had one general view of the Merced basin above Yosemite & am astonished at the magnitude of the ancient glaciers with wh it was universally flooded, & of the work wh they accomplished, This entire basin is one glacial monument covered with the earnest eloquent language of Nature gra]illegible]ed in small live characters too[illegible] for our eyes & also in characters of Canon & some wh are difficult to see & read only because of their magnitude. I do not hope to [illegible] [illegible] sentences wh will make an English translation of what I have seen & heard. I only hope to make you come & see for yourself. If you could be made to feel the truth chapters wh are here, you would come at once without looking at times & duties like an attracted atom going to a magnet, strange that manufactured properties & duties should so shackle & cobweb Gods human flies, but next year you will have what you call vacation & then mankind & your wife will let you come, but I will tell you a few baits to make sure of you the Merced ice basin was bounded by the summits & by two spires wh once reached to the summits, viz the Hoffman [drawing with writing: Yo Sem Hoff range summits Obelisk range] & Obelisk ranges, thus - In this basin not one island existed All its highest peaks were washed & overflowed by the ice, Starr King. South Dome & all
1871 Dec 17
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