A. O. R.
Cherry trees are not known in California - as I remember it the trunk must have been two feet & a half in diameter, the tree itself 60 or 80 feet high _ & its branches propotionately larger & spreading - the cherries were black - not large - not nearly as large as the California varieties but - a boys appreciation made them huge! Your red variety was to me the best, though both kind, were delicious. Thank you very much for the thought.
[Stairzon?] got any place for a young man to learn fruit farming - willing to work but with everything to learn.
Please present my compliments to Mrs Muir whom I hope some AM to meet. I [illegible] that you did not come to my house as my [illegible]
Sincerely yours A.O.R.
San Francisco 1023 Washington St 16th Jun 86
Prof. John Muir My dear Muir
pardon my offence on failing to ack- =nowledge your kindness in lending me the "Bulletin" Clipping, Containing an acct of your visit to the National Park. I read it with great interest. I was -am sorry not to have been there to see what you so graph= =ically describe. [The?] rising & falling of the giant Columns of [Water?] is beyond ones power to comprehend - it is awe inspiring to think of the power applied to project
 the great columns of water which you describe & Icannot understand how the crush of [the?] earth can withstand the force & impact of this these continual blows - remembering the effect of "Continual drip= =ping of water" - a single drop at a time I should sub= =pose the region would show great areas undermined & [illegible]out below the general surface - If such an effect were produced I suppose the geyser column in a given locality while not "changing its base" would see another tube to propel itself though or spreading
over large area lose its col= =lumnar form. In few words I cannot understand how one [great?] columnar gey= =sers can exist for many years - great many years in the same spot?
The cherries you were kind enough to send were highly appreciated & com= =pared with those varieties carried in back to the days when my daily occ= =pation after school hours in Cherry time was to Climb a big Cherry tree in my Uncles yard on Washington City & think I was in the [illegible] confines of Paradise such
San Francisco, [Calif]
1886 Jun 16
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
R., A. O., "Letter from A. O. R. to John Muir, 1886 Jun 16." (1886). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1679.
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