2settled down & are enjoying a fair share of peaceful prosperity - Had you stayed with me I might perhaps have pushed you a little farther ahead, but Heaven guides us more than we know & our fate none of us can forsee. Mine has been to wander in all wild places as a lover of nature botanist, geologist, naturalist And though I never intended to write or lecture or seek fame in any way I now write a good deal & am well known - Strange is it not that a tramp & vegabond without worldly ambition should meet such a fate. I spent about ten years altogether in the Sierra Nevada & Utah, then I wandered through the mountains of Oregon & Washington then began a system of exploration in Alaska, especially with a view to forests, glaciers, mountains etc. In 1881 I went to the Arctic regions about00215
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Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 28 cm.
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