C[harles] S. Sargent
ARNOLD ARBORETUM.2provisionally we have decided to call it, in case it is made, the Stanislaus Reservation. If you cal. suggest a better name, as I am sure you can, let me have it at once; and please do not mention to any one that there is any question of probability of such a reserve being recommended or made. We have got to act promptly and secretly in these matters or the politicians will overwhelm us. It won't do therefore to have the matter discussed by any one. I should be a pretty spectacle indeed telling you what to write about western forest. and if I was going myself to write anything on the subject you are the person to whom I should turn for ideas and inspiration.I am sorry I have not a spare copy of Volume ix. of the Tenth Census Reports which I fear has long been out of print. They certainly have a copy at the Academy and Miss Eastwood I know will lend it to you and allow you to keep it as long as you care to.I do not know why you assume that I do not want any notes you may have about the number of needles [illegible] tassels that [illegible] on the branches, etc. , etc. I particularly want these, especially the time the leaves of conifers remain on the branches, this being a matter which has generally been overlooked. I believe that the length of time Pine leaves endure affords a good specific character and it certainly ought to be noted if possible.I am writing to the publishers to ask why you have not received your copy of The Silva. Our next woodland walks will be in02217
Jamaica Plain, Mass
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