GEO. HANSENLANDSCAPE ARCHITECT2705 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CAL.ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,MUNICIPALITIES AND CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONSJune 28th., 1904.Friend,You do hot know much about this house, and as t know that you dont waste time reading newspapers, I thought you would like to step in our circle just for ten minutes relief in your studies. I, or rather we, send you two letters that arrived from our neighbors who "do" Europe. They were perfect strangers to us till, now seven years since, I laid out their little bit of creek garden (below Keelers),(one man told me never to mention that I had anything to do with their garden because nobody could tell that anything had been done to it). Not till two sad death entered their homelife and till I got of my underpinning did they enter our homelife. (Mr. M. was a retired banker, and the widow is worth, at best, a round one hundred thousand). During two long years this old lady has come to this backdoor of ours not less than once a week, mostly oftener, never once with empty hands, if it be but a sprig of sweetbrier, or sprucelimb (that I had planted) and never once has she spoken to me one word abort my aliment. What else she and her daughter (who came regularly playing piano for us by the hour) have been to us, God keeps track of in his garden where he plants a daisy for every good deed of ours. - And as they are to us, so to everybody, and their company recruits from the highways and byways.I have asked my friends "back hone" to be good to them. You see what Mr. o'Brien does; and their Christmas was in the hones of my best friends in the town where I was born.Please, let us have the letters back, and do not waste words commenting. Just an envelope and stamp, and your postmark "Martinez"; the rest we know.03392
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