P. B. Van Trump
in full under large headlines, preceded by a complimentary notice of the work at large, its scope, interest, and its [illegible] and typographic merit. Kernahan was down from the "Such-Lo-tash" a day or two after the arrival of the books, and I gave him his. He was very much pleased. He made a remark that will recall to your mind a personage who figured largely in a portion of our otherwise glorious Rainier days. Said Kernahan: "now what nice old lady Longmire say? When I told her that Mr Muir promised to send us the Rainier number of his book she said: 'now just you mark my work, Kernahan, he'll never send it, never!' As I write about this old lady with the greed01440for gold a vivid picture comes up in my mind of that scene in the room upstairs here where you and Keith were putting on again the garb of civilization. I can see you in your semi-nude state, pausing frequently in the operation of lathering yourself with soap, to give greater emphasis to some part of your graphic description of your parting interview with Mother Longmire, Keith occasionally [ejaculating?] some confirmation of your account from his chair in the corner, where he was wrestling with the overalls that were so loath to leave the long encased limbs. Glorious Rainier days, and happy time when "we lingered in those gardens of Eden"! The longing comes over me as I write today to "flee as a bird to the mountains".01440country, I would be sorely tempted to tackle Mt. St. Elias some time. I note by the papers that a party intends to try the ascent this summer. A party (partly governmental and scientific, I believe) are making a thorough exploration of the Olympic Mts. this season. When you are at leisure, and if you are not averse to it, please write to me occasionally. I would be most pleased to hear from you and would value your letters very highly. The Kernahans frequently talk about and inquire after you. Wife joins me in kind remembrance of you. When you see him, remember me to Keith.Yours very truly,P. B. Van Trump.Has Keith convinced you yet that his brand of smoking tobacco is the best?
Yelm, Wash[ington Terr.]
1890 Jun 18
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