Ludlow & Abby H. Patton
to hear all we can say about the mountains and the mountaineer. If we brought one ray of light to you who were “helplessly [illegible] and corralled within the narrow bounds of the wee cabin”, you with your knowledge and love of Nature, made “all out doors” seem grander and more beautiful to us, and so I add “Providence be praised”. My first impulse on reading your letter was to give a part of it at once to the New York Press so that other people might hear of your little [6,00?] mile walk, and of your visit to the [chiecals? -] who not only wished to make you a chief, but also promised you a dark skinned maiden00889for a wife. Then I though I might be stealing the thunder with which you intend to astonish the literary world through Scribner or some other magazine. I still think if you will allow it, that a most charming note can be made of your letter and I bide your answer. As this is a speculative age I began at once to plan how you could make a fortune by giving “talks” all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic. I suppose if you could walk 100 miles or so a day you might have enough exercise to be willing to be shut up with an audience an hour in the evening, but if you were fatigued and did not like to come out in dress coat and [light kids?], you could just go to your hotel and telephone your speech over to the assembled multitude, what think you?
Hotel Branting… N[ew] Y[ork]
1880 Mar 9
Original letter dimensions: 15 x 26 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0059
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