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Jepson Field Book volume 1 page 2b | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 1 page 2b
The note at the bottom of this page was written some years ago. On account of the early collections being un-numbered collections, it was thought inadvisable to number them by putting them high in my regular numerical series. a plant collected in 1885, and numbered say 14,000, seemed unwise, since my first collections, nearly, were in that year. Hence the attempt to use letters after the numbers 1 to 260. This device proved both awkward and inefficient --worse than using high numbers-- so I set aside nos. 13,334 to 15,095 for numbering the early un-numbered collectioms. It would, now, seem likely that it will be necessary to set aside or reserve another block for them when the first block of them is used up.--Jan 6 1934.  --Up to the year 1899 I did not number my spms. Later it became necessary to number some of these early specimens. Hence the "a" and "s" series as indicated on previous page. The "a" nos. can run as high as  260 without conflict with the regular nos. in vol. 2 and E to Z as high as 4000 probably. :::::::::  1891  One must travel far and wide and many years to know all the trees of California.  So many of the species [of] such restricted range, or even if widely distributed, [occurring] [in] only particular localities or situations.  For this reason, most people know very few of our trees.  In the East the same trees are everywhere.  A person in California might live all their lives and travel over the state for hundreds of miles, visit the metropolis, the Capital City, Mount Shasta, Los Angeles or San Diego and never see or [Know] the Redwood.  -(1898)
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