Small box which you sent me, are 4 [pieces?] new to my collection, & 2 of these are new to science. I cannot if I write for a week, tell you how interesting they are to me. All the [specimens?] are rare, & are different from those found in the valley. The 2 new [pieces?] are the bright crimson copper one from Cathedral Peak, & one of the small [illegible] butterflies. There is a [illegible] of greenish yellow ones, very rare & interesting. The [illegible] ones described [from a pair only which?] were taken by the Geol. Survey at the head waters of the Taolumne River, [illegible] [illegible] no other have turned up until you found it now. If you see some, get all you can, a hundred will not be too many. You see how greedy I am. The [Parnassin?] (i.e. them with the red [pots?]) are also of special interest to me, [and I am?] busy studying the whole g[illegible]. In fact I have not for a very long time received so truly interesting [illegible] of butterflies, & I thank you for them with my whole heart. Muir, I do not say this for the sake of saying it, but it is true, & as I really mean it. It is really very [illegible] that a few [illegible] from the Yosemite should produce their so very different [furs those of the valley itself, & at the?] same time so characteristic in their form. It is another of the beautiful fields for thought which your wonderful region opens up, & which [illegible] you lovely mountains so [illegible] to a [illegible] . I hope you will go on to find your [illegible] & best enjoyment away such seems & that in the end [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]
1871 Aug 25
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0505
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