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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 186 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 186
write, they will not use the training they have been given. They will not write a letter; they will not write a memorandum or a note. Thirty years ago, I well remember, some mom on the campus tried to see me for a whole month. He had to make answer, - simple assent or dissent _ to a query put to him. I was away part of the time with students in the field and only after a month did he find me. He came in to my laboratory, said _Yes_ and turned and went out. That one word was all there was to say. I shall never forget it. Even scholarly men, often, will not write. Dr. J.A.B. Fry is a scholarly man. He saw a letter in my file relating to early days in Vaca Valley, and wished  ::::::::: extremely to have a copy. I pondered the matter for several weeks and then directed my secretary to make a copy, which was sent him. Thereupon Dr. Fry tried in every way for a long time to see me. He came to my laboratory; he came to my house; he tried the telephone. I was away in Southern California and it was no use. Finally, I did the unusual thing _ I went to University Meeting one day in the Cowell Gymnasium _ and Dr. Fry saw me and at once came to where I was sitting to speak of his pleasure in having the letter. No less than fifty anecdotes could be stirred out of memory-concerning the refusal or dislike of writing. But all this was different when I was a child.
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