[O. C. Haslett ?]
[illegible] Oct. 18, 1907.Mr. John Muir, Martinez, Cal. Dear Sir:- I wish to impose on your good nature to the extent of settling a little dispute. To begin with, I want to any that I feel as though I were acquainted with you through reading some of your works on California and its forests, more particularly our National Parks", and through the medium of an acquaintance with Miss Ellie Mosgrove who is a friend of my family's and who has often told me of her trip with you. Also Mr. C. F. Some, our former bookkeeper and quite a student of botany, has often [illegible] to no about you.The matter in dispute came about in this manner. I recently made a trip over the Hcoloud River Limber Company's property with come of their [illegible] owners and while going through the timber they and their Manager continually referred to the Red Fir. I remarked that I thought the trees in question were Douglas Spruce and their Manager Disputed me quite vigorously. Later on we drove down Soda Creek, which you may recall ompties into the Sacramento River at soda Springs, and while driving along there were comments on the amount of "Red Fir" in this particular tract, which was then under offer to some eastern parties. In passing one large tree in particular I said "I am quite sure this is not Red Fir but is a genuine Douglas Spruce, a close relative, if not identical with, the Douglas spruce or Oregon Pine of Oregon and Washington." It had a heavy, black corrugated bark and very fine needles and was entirely similar in
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