Louie [Strentzel Muir]
2with Johnson first. Mrs J. is a bright keen accomplished woman. They have two children, a girl 15 a great musician, & a boy of 14, like his father a great reader & promising as a literary man in the near future. S[illegible] B[illegible]roughs the second day. He had been at a [Walt?] Whitman club the night before & had made a speech, eaten a big dinner & had headache. So he seemed tired & gave no sign to speak of of his [fine qualities?]. I chatted an hour with him & tried to make him go to Europe with me. The Century men offered him $500. for some articles on our tripe as an inducement, but he answered today by letter that he could not go, He must be free when he went- that he would above all things like to go with me etc but circumstances would not allow it. The “circumstances” barring the way are it seems his wife. I can hardly say I have seen him at all. Dined another day with [Gilder?]. He is charming every way & has a charming home & family wife boy & girl about the age of Johnsons They all say the Century portrait is not half good enough & that I must sit for another to their photographer. They also say that Helen is exactly like me, the very image etc – 3 01678[letterhead]I also dined in grand style at Mr Pinehots whose son is studying forestry The house is at Gramercy Park N.Y. Here & at many other places I had to tell the story of the ministers dog. Everybody seems to think it wonderful for the [views?] it gives of the terrible crevasses of the glaciers as well as for the recognition of danger & the fear & joy of the dog. I must have told it at least 12 times at the request of Johnson or others who had previously heard it. I told Johnson I meant to write it out for St Nickolas, but he says it is too good for St Nick, & he wants it for the Century as a separate article. When I am telling it at the dinner tables it is curious to see how eagerly the l[illegible]ied servants listen from behind [screens?] half closed doors etc. Almost every day in town here I have been called out to lunch & dinner at the clubs & soon have a crowd of notables about me. I had no idea that I was so well known considering how little I have written
1893 Jun 12/13
Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1056
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