Asa K. McIlhaney
5Back in these mountains you often meet the ginseng hunter, both species being found, the Panax quinquefolian and Panax tri.The great Audubon passed through this section in the autumn of 1829, on his way to the Pine Swamp, at which place "he was disappointed at the extraordinary scarcity of birds, but surprised at the plentiful deer and occasional elk, bears, wild turkeys, pheasants and grouse, while trout were so plentiful that I was made weary with pulling from the rivulets the sparkling fish allured by the struggles of the common grasshopper."The elk and wild turkeys have become extinct, but the other game mentioned remains. The mountain streams are alive with schools of the "speckled beauties."Sir Thomas Lyle also found this part of Pennsylvania interesting, coming here in Oct. 1842.Pardon me for writing so long a letter. But I would like to know your favorite tree and your favorite Sierra flowers.Should you ever visit this locality, I would be delighted to conduct you through the world-famed Delaware Water Gap where flows the historic Delaware river.Sincerely yours,Asa K. McIlhaney05325
1912 Dec 21
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.
Reel 20, Image 1505
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