[page 2b] and take comfort in the fact that your life with all its limitations if infinitely richer than that of most people whose advantages are far greater. It needs that a man be very wise and very strong in every way to maintain a keen fresh appreciation of all that is really good in this fine world of ours, in connection with fame or wealth. Contentment in California is the very rarest of the virtues and as wealth increases, the capacity for the enjoyment of God’s best gifts diminishes. Well, I had no intention of reading you so somber a lecture, especially now, since I’m in a great hurry. I leave the city for the mountains of Utah and Nevada tomorrow to do government work on the great geodetic survey. My first book is finished and gone to New York.
San Francisco, Calif.
1877 Apr 22
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
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