Alice Morse Earle
trees for half a century to all the [pioneer?] settlers of Indiana & Iowa He deemed himself sent by God to furnish apple seeds and young seedling trees to these settlers. He once killed a rattlesnake, and throughout his life he never [cursed?] his self-reproach for his wantonness. I bethought myself of him as I read your pages. I have such a dread, an [immutable?] loathing of a snake that I will not touch a picture of one; I will not even glance at a picture of one in the Dictionary - And one time when someone handed me a pocketbook of snake skin and I was told what the skin was - I vomited so continuously that I had to go to bed and have a nurse - I [abhor?] anyone who would touch a snake - And even your meadow gardens would not allure me if snakes were therein. The question of their malignancy has no bearing upon my attitude towards reptiles.I have spoken [with?] of your fine book of what I believe it will do, namely: make [illegible] [heedless?] people to visit and love and preserve our forest reservations. I wish I could review it for some publication - I will write and see if I cannot I have written a book called Oldtime Gardens- and I am sending a copy to you[in margin: Alice Morse Earle]
Brooklyn, N. Y.
[ca. 1909 ?]
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 35 cm.
Reel 18, Image 1009
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