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ARNOLD ARBORETUM. J. M. 2way of Japan and Honolulu to San Francisco and home over the Atchison & Topeka, getting at Martinez a view of your house and the big [Illegible] Palm growing up against it.We got a good deal of material at Pekin and in the south, and I was busy for a long time after I got home in arranging this. Since then I have been hard at work on a Manual of North American Trees, this being a one-volume edition of The Silva. I find the boiling-down process most tiresome and stupid, and I shall be glad when it is off my hands which won't be, however, until late in the autumn. If it hadn't been for this I would have gone back to Pekin this summer to get plants and seeds which I did not have time to get last year; and then from Pekin have gone to Manila which I very much want to see. This is one Journey. Then I must go to Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, India, etc., before I get through traveling.That Spruce-tree which we saw in eastern Manchuria appears to be an undescribed species. Fortunately the seeds we got were ripe enough to germinate and I have a good crop of seedlings. The plum we bought at the railway station is probably also an undescribed species. I do not think, however, that we got hold of anything else very new, although I have been able to get from Pekin since I got back some plants I have been trying to get for the last twenty years.What are you going to do now-write a book about your travels or come east and pay us a visit, or start off again for some of the places you haven't seen, like South America, and South Africa? If you feel as restless as I have since I got home you03382
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
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