It does not appear from a rapid running over of Brewer's Botanical Field Book that he was ever at the Mariposa Big Tree grove.
He makes record of trees in the Calaveras grove and in the Tuolumne Grove.
His "Yosemite Trail" must be an old horse trail, since disused, by way of Bower Cave and Crane Flat.
This is also the "Yosemite Trail" of Bolander.
Bolander collected 5 spms. [specimens] at the Mariposa Grove but I suspect he may be the first.
Hillebrand's "Big Trees" means Calaveras Grove undoubtedly.
In the first place, in the 60's, Big Trees always meant the Calaveras Grove, and secondly, he gives the elevation as 4788 ft. close to the 4702 ft. now given on the U.S. topographic map, while the alt. [altitude] at Mariposa Grove is 6500 ft.
Early botanical exploration in Cal. [California].
The gold rush brought to the state thousands of persons who sought to improve their fortunes.
The rush contained the best there was from the Eastern U.S., and also the worst.
Many came in order to break with an unsatisfactory past and begin life anew.
Some kept to their resolves to turn over a new leaf, others did not.
Chas. [Charles] W. Wendte remarked to me that in early days in S.F. one became acquainted with likeable persons, but one had to discontinue the acquaintance on account of their past life.-Feb. 8, 1920.
Referring to this cf. my article on "Bret Harte and the Argonauts" in Sunset Mag. [Magazine], 1906.
See file of separates.