Sarah [Muir Galloway]
President of the Royal Scientific Society & has charge of the Kew botanical gardens & a great tr[illegible] but perfectly free from all chilling airs of e[illegible]ty . He told me a great deal about the Himmalayas the deadar forest there & the gorgeous shad[illegible] that cover their flanks with lavish bloom for miles & miles & about the Cedars of Lebanon that he visited & the distribution of the species in different parts of Syria -, & its relation to the deadar so widely extended over the mountains of India . & besides this scientific talk he told many a story & kept the camps in fine lively humor. On taking his leave he gave me a hearty invitation to London & promised to show me through the famous government gardens at Kew & all round etc etc - - When I shall be able to avail myself of this & similar advantages I don’t know I have met a good many of Natures nobleman one way & another out here & hope to see some of them at [ there living?] but my own researches seem to hold me fast to this compar[illegible]ity solitary life. Next you speak of my storm night on Shasta Terrible as it would appear from the account printer the half was not told but I will not likely be caught in the same experience again – Though as I have said, I
1419 Taylor St. [San Francisco, Calif]
[1877 Nov 29]
Original letter dimensions: 31 x 40 cm.
Reel 03, Image 0621
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