I have two daughters, Wanda and Helen, twenty one and fifteen years of age. I took them to the high Sierra last summer, they are capital walkers and able for travels of any sort. The eldest is a student at the State university. I'm glad your son came safely through that dismal Boer War. Joe will no doubt be a good surgeon. I remember him well talking very seriously about the profession while yet a mere child. I shall not forget the diamonds on the cones of the Sugar Pines next time I write about those grand trees. The action of sandblasts on dwarf pines and junipers I have often noted and hope to call attention to it sometime in connection with other tree studies. In view of the threatened extinction of Sequoia in the Sierra it is comforting to know that it is growing well and is widely distributed in the parks and gardens of Europe. Congratulating you on the completion of your great work on the Flora of India and wishing you many more happy years, I am, with best compliments to Lady Hooker, very sincerely yours, John Muir.
1902 Apr 20
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. JD Hooker MUE-PIT
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