Emily [O. Pelton]
all the best of a persons life out but doubtless you have had much to enjoy from the beautiful plains & lakes & mountains that you have passed. Many say that the "plains" are monotonous deserts but I do not think that you would see them so, Last year I was over the summit to Mono lake - the whole country about there is generally described as a dreary forbidding waste Yet I never beheld a place where beauty was written in plainer characters or where the tender fostering hand of the Great Gardener was more directly visible You have not come at the most beautiful time of year The plains of the Sacramento will be crisp & dead ere this but if you are here in April you will see a sheet of plant gold unrivalled in the world
1870 May 15
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