Cornelius B. Bradley
John Muir,Wanda & Helen Muir
Prof Bradleyfor it. Today we have two old friends to sit down with us to a quiet dinner. But we have to be very careful to avoid for her all excitement and overdoing. Oddly enough, her greatest delight and distraction now, and a thing that seems to do her most good, is an automobile ride. Think of that for simple-hearted folks like us! Bertha is well, and is being rapidly put out of commission by her mother's rapid encroachment on the duties and cares which she assumed last summer. As for me, I seem to be sucked ever deeper and deeper into the vortex of work, which seems to shut out more and more my view of things elsewhere. While the work grows in amount, I have a sickening feeling that the scope of it, and the efficiency of it in my little world is not growing equally with it; and I know not how to mend the matter. Just now, for example, I can not hope to get any refreshment out of this holiday recess, as I need to do, or any chance for quiet thought to orient myself. This wretched concourse of five thousand teachers here, and the preparation of a Berkeley Club paper for January, will consume all my time and strength until work begins again. I wish I might have a whiff of mountain air with you there! Physically I am well, but spiritually a little o'erwearied with the endless struggle which seems to bring me into no place of quiet pastures and still waters. But never mind. It is much to be able to work at all. Goodbye, dear friends, God keep you! Sometime "will tak'a cup o' kindness yet, For Auld Lang Syne!"Sincerely yours,Cornelius B. Bradley
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 15, Image 0865
Copyright status unknown
Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.
John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle