Most honored Sir:I have received with great pleasure your book on the U.S. national parks & it is with sentiments of the liveliest gratitude that I wish to thank youThis gift from the hand of the author proves to me in the first place that you keep me in good & friendly remembrance; (then comes coming after) the high value of the book which I have read with the greatest interest & which you alone of all the world was able to bring forth. it required your naturalist's eyes & love of nature to give back render the impressions received [illegible] them; it required the exquisite sensibility of a choice soul03453joined to your extended experiences to produce a publication which we must justly call a true chef d' oeuvreBy your description you have enabled me to enjoy the beauties of American nature as if I saw them with my own eyes. My desire to visit the places that you delineate so well is such that it requires the consideration of my advanced age to prevent me from making in person the most charming journey voyage that it is possible to undertake And with what pleasure would I not come to grasp your hand upon the soil of California!03453
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