Most honored SirI have received with great pleasure your book on the National Park of the United States; & it is with sentiments of most lively gratitude that I wish to thank send you thanks & on account of the high value of the book I have followed you with the greatest interest that you [illegible] the p[illegible] to reader [de la sorte?]This gift from the hand of the author proves to me in the first place that you hold me in good & friendly remembrance It reached fall[illegible] your eyes of the naturalist & of love of nature to render her the impressions received on [there eye?] they [illegible] fall[illegible] It required the exquisite sensibility of a soul of [illegible] elite, joined to your long experience, to produce a publication which we must ought to regard a justly titled or a veritable chef d'ouvreBy your descriptions your have made me enjoy the03453beauties of nature in America as if I had was able (to) seen see) them with my own eyes My desire to visit the places that you delineate so well is such that (it makes have to take into consideration (of) my age before to empe[illegible] prevent me from making in person the most charming voyage that it is possible to undertake and with what such pleasure could I not go to se[illegible] [take?] [touch?] your hand on the soil of CaliforniaAlso these are [illegible] things impossible to realize but (the reading your book takes their place & must (ought to) be a source of enjoyment for many readers on both sides of the Atlantic In and a [illegible] For my part I count myself among the most attentive &03453
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