John Muir


J. E. Calkins


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[Page 1] Mr. J. E. Calkins Davenport, Iowa

My dr Sir, I am very wary that I have missed a letter from you good lover of Gods wildness now far from common akin in those days of nature books nature study and animal [ ] [ ] I sorely regret missing you. When your kind letter [ ] was written March 29 I was in Australia and did not get home until the end of June and it was some days later before I found your letter in the big [ ] of books, pamphlets [ ] [ ] [ ] But you must come again. Editors should take a good living rest every year a complete rest especially after long continuous overwork has resulted in nervous prostration. None of your observations on the country climates conditions of living etc in long letters to the Democrat, agree [ ] overwork from prostration particularly in those [] come with your wife to the Sierra and rest under a Sequoia or sugar pine. When real (unreal) estate agents make one dizzy with their confounded “mean temperature” come to my house and make it your headquarters and home & I’ll show you it is done. If you come by the Santa Fe get off


Davenport, Iowa

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Original letter dimensions: 27 x 18 cm.

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Undated JM to J E Calkins

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