E[zra] S. Carr and Jeanne Carr
that I must limit myself to that time & be on hand for the necessary moving. Came home alone leaving my com- panions (the most delightful woman ever had or will have) to spend a blissful Autumn between the had of Kings River around Mts Whitney +c, & to take a horseback journey from there to Shasta, in which I could have accompanied them had I known there was no homes and no moving in the case. It vexes me to read the five letters I have received since I left them & know what might have been. They have been in entirely untrodden ways – but all the time with animals, so that the fatigues were nothing to their already borne. No such fortu- nate conjunction of kindred spirits will ever occur again, no shall I ever find myself with gentlemen whom companionship is so instructive. I never once felt that I was an encumbrance – or restraint upon kept us all the week. The subject before the Club was Fruit Nomenclature and I did not therefore prepare any elaborate account of my trip & occupied only half an hour — which it seems was an appetizer for I am requested to repeat it with amplifications for the benefit of the Oakland Library. Should this be one a series of readings for their benefit I will let you know. I am very much defrauded & as much provoked that I believed the promises made to us about homes at Berkley. Dr Merritt who has been the principal Regent engaged in building operations assured me that our houses would be completed by the 18th of September, just as I was starting for the Mts, and as I was far beyond Post Offices – I felt[in margin: I am very sorry to hear the father is ailing. I trust not for long.]
1873 Oct 29
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.
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