of kindred minds. I have often longed that you were here, [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] H. EdwardsJ. Muir.00551  California [illegible] San Francisco. August 25. 1871My dear Muir Your kind letter, which was so welcome to me, found me confined to my bed with a severe attack of rhematic [illegible], & indeed since I received it, I have been in too much suffering to write you a line in reply. I sat up to day for the first time in nearly two weeks, & while I was sitting for a little while in my [illegible] room our dear friend Mrs Carr walked in, & brought me your box of butterflies. The sight of them has done me good, & I hope in a day or two, I will be quite rested. Do not again ever think that you cannot collect, or that what you do find will be valueless. In the
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.
Edwards, Henry, "Letter from H[enry] Edwards to John Muir, 1871 Aug 25." (1871). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1390.
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