Annie K[ennedy] Bidwell
in those four days we went to Big Meadows & Butt Valley, and collected lovely flowers. Took my press and portfolio. Gathering flowers is very fascinating but the pressing is trying. Dr Gray says I “send noble specimens”. Is not that encouraging? In the last lot, sent recently, I have some things which I think precious, but Dr Gray’s report will prove. One beauty I found on our “summit”. You remember the “Summit” of the Mountain [illegible]ad, where we get the grand view of “Lassen” & the chasm beneath us? General is so interested in the collection of plants that he facilitates my getting them, even when we are in haste, so we pass some by. (He has found several which delighted him, & he was “sure they were new”, but the report did not so say, & he has to be reconciled. Dr Gray says some of my specimens are “rare;” , some, “bulbs & seeds never yet obtained”. One had been “found before only by Hart[illegible] on the Sacramento, probably at Chico”. its name is “Antirrhinum Coruntum” What I ought  00810 Rancho Chico Sept 4th 1878Dear Mr Muir. Last night’s mail brought yours to my sister, which we read, as directed, and will forward tonight. What grand opportunities you are enjoying for studying that which so interests you, and which you have chosen for you life work. My sympathies are heartily with you, and my prayers too, that God may long spare you to study His noble works and give the world the benefit of your [illegible]- ons (though pleasant) labors. Your enthusiasm in your work is what misleads persons to imagine you are on a grand picnic; to think you ought to “settle down”, when really you are at the hardest kind of work, though in the sight [underlined: of your own [illegible]] it appears play. One secret of my enthusiastic sympathy is that you give God the glory due unto his name, and as I said, I do pray daily for you that you may trust in
Rancho Chico [Calif.]
1878 Sep 4
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