[Jeanne C. Carr ]
Oakland, Sunday. [July 10, 1870]Dear John,I've just been at the 'howling' point all this afternoon, having spent some hours with Mr. McClure, who gave me a detailed account of the upper Fall expedition, and coming back I met the University boys who are going in company with Prof. Joseph LeConte. Now I had felt that Providence was saving L. C. to go with me, and I feel abused by the arrangement. It was so exactly the thing for us to have gone in company -- and Miss Graham, a member of his family, also wished to go, and both were willing to wait -- so I thought it would all come right at last. But it won't -- and now let me tell you that the Prof. is gold seven times refined, i.e. in geological science, in botanical (general), in music, in landscape love, in poetry, in self forgetfulness, in adoration -- a Christian soul.I like Soulé as well as I can one I have seen only once out of a ballroom -- and young Phelps I like very much. He is a good student and librarian of the Oakland Library.I suppose my friends the Boston horticulturists are not in the Valley -- they are aged, some of them, and expected to stop at Calaveras. If you see Dr. and Mrs. Waterston, give her the enclosed. I expect they have gone 'into the beyant,' and I wish -- no I don't, for here's my Calopogon from the Hamilton swamps, and word that the Brookses will come to Cal. before very long! If they don't come before you leave the Valley I shall not keep them company.There is no body in the world I should be as glad to see as yourself -- it is delight to hear Mr. McChesney talk about you. He is gold, too. Oh, for a run in that tamarack swamp near Lake Kosh Ronony with you. In some lazy hour you may read these letters, you know the mood in which they were written. When Mr. Brooks went to Palestine he left his private papers in my care, and I found these among them. As they are his property you may keep and return them sometime.[No signature, letter perhaps incomplete][Jeanne C. Carr][Date suppiled from letter of Mrs. Carr to Mrs. Waterstone]457
[1870 Jul 10]
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