Rufus B. Kellogg
 Yosemite Valley May 30th 1873Dear Sister Sarah Here are a few seeds sent me wh I think you may try in your garden You are fond of relics & oddities, therefore I send these to youI mean to start tomorrow for the summits, will perhaps climb Mt Dana It is yet deeply snow clad but I will hurry back here in a few days to the flowers & sunshine Farewell John M ———— Love to the children[Penstemon Menzesii?], fro Anna from a plant I brought down from the mtn side yesterday wh had about 300 flrs. It is now in my window half filling it with royal purple.[in margin: Your last with Cecilias photograph & the Scotland paper are received The picture is very pretty, I took it to be Annies. The photo of myself that I sent to David was intended for you, Im sorry to hear of poor Jamie Reid] [in margin: Here is a wee spray of the graceful spruce, Abies [drawing] Hookeriana wh grows at elevations of from 9 to 11,000 ft.] June 7th Home again after a hard 6 days walk to the top of Mt Lyell 13200 ft high. My face is badly scorched with sunshine reflected from the glacier arrived last night camped the previous night in snow five feet deep & came down among the birds & flowers & green groves of the valley in a few hours The ice of the Lyell glacier is about 700 feet thick as near as I can guess & at present is covered with snow 15 feet deep
1873 May 24
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