Jackson, Oct., 23d. /96.My dear Sir,In spite of the upset state of our home, I can not refrain from sending you those few words my heart dictates. I have received your letter, your remittance, and your book. I am fully appreciative of your kindness, and I promise that as soon as we again live in a home, I will go to work and pick out what you order from collection."Meanwhile do not feel hurt if I can not steal the time to entirely peruse your book. Do not mind me making such confession, but I think, it an honor to be so remembered by you. I read from your letter that you offer it as a sign of appreciation on your part of what I intend. Inded, the denomination you and I belong to, the worship of Nature, it embraces high and low, near and distant, and best of all, they who there worship, they are a set of honest devotees. Permit me therefore, to kneel beside you, and accept [illegible] the faith of a foundling. I have read the two chapters of your book : 'A near view of the high Sierra, and" In the Sierra Foot-Hills. - I regret ever so much that I leave here ere my last trip of exploration, in the region of 6000 to 9000[illegible], could not be carried out. I was there twice, upon hasty visits, yet a return is neceassary to refreshen and correct many impressions received. Yet, time may bring many a change, and I must confess to an ardent desire, of becoming thoroughly familiar with the needs and restoration of our forests. I will not again fall into ways of making my pin-money from chicken and milk business. I must have outlived that, and if honesty, and sincerety of purpose counts for aught, I should succeed. Is it not grandly true that for the last 8 years our policitical life in California has gone through a process of clearance? I depend upon my observation from far off, and I am determined to abandonsmy secluded state of living and either stay [illegible] or drift from hence. As I
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