[Robert Underwood] Johnson
81Good!Martinez, Sep 15/02Dear Mr Johnson;On my return from the Kern region I heard loud but vague rumors of the discovery of a giant sequoia in Converse Basin on Kings River 153 feet Cir. 50 ft dia. to which I paid no attention having heard hundreds of such biggest-tree-in-the-world rumors before. But at Fresno I met a surveyor who assured me that he had himself measured the tree & found it to be 153 feet Cir. 6 ft above ground. So of course I went back up the mountain to see & measure for myself carrying a steel tape line. At one foot above ground it is 108 ft in Circum- [At] four [feet above ground it is] 97 46 inches [circum- At] six [feet above ground it is] 93 ft [circum-] One of the largest & finest every way of living Sequoias that have been measured But none can say it is certainly the largest
1902 Sep 15
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