[Charles Sprague] Sargent
3By brave & mighty Proteus-Muggins you have also done well, though you might have praised him a little more loudly for hearty endurance under manifold hardships - defying the salt blasts of the sea from Alaska to the California Golden Gate, & the frosts and fires of the Rocky Mountains - growing patiently in mossy bogs & craggy mountain tops - crouching low on glacier granite pavements, holding on by narrow cleavage joints, or waving tall & slender & graceful in flowery garden spots sheltered from every wind among columbines & lilies, etc. A line or two of sound sturdy Mother Earth poetry such as you ventured to give ponderosa in nowise weakens or blurs the necessarily dry stubbed scientific description, & I'm sure Muggins deserves it. However I'm not going fault finding. It's a grand volume - a Kingly Lambertiana job, & on many a mountain top trees now seedlings will be giants and will wave their shining tassels two hundred feet in the sky ere another pine book will be made - so you may well sing your nunc dimittis, & so in sooth may I since you have engraved my name on the head of it.
1898 Jun 7
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