Mary E. Newton
Forests again next year. Mr Washburn, at Wawona, asked me several times to write to you and urge you to at once put your valuable notes into books for the benefit and enjoyment of humanity. We all hope for new books from your pen soon. Everyone spoke in terms of great admiration of you and your work, and of your daughters. The Stevensons, especially Mr. Stevenson himself, praised your daughter Wanda (as they always spoke of her) so much and so highly, and told so often of her noble qualities, that I feel it as a personal loss that I did not become acquainted with her when at her home. When I told them of her noble heroism with the baby twins, they were not at all surprised, but said it was just like her. We found the Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forests more beautiful and wonderful than we had dreamed, and enjoyed to the uttermost every moment of our stay. I do not suppose that we shall ever find places in this world, barring home, that we will leave with great reluctance and regret than we left the Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forests.
1909 Sep 24
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