J. E. Calkins


John Muir


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4flaunted in the eyes of all men as though one would boast of them.And what a grand voyage you had, from Martinez to Martinez via the world! You of all men, I am sure, enjoyed it; and I doubt if there is another man a-living whom you could more delight with the telling than you could delight me. I heard of your going some time in advance of your start, and when I wrote you that letter last winter I had a dubious belief that you were not at home, but I risked it. I am sorry I could not have seen you, but glad you had the journey. And for your gracious invitation to come visit you, and let you tell me "all about the best, most hospitable groves" of sequoias and sugar pines, and make your house my headquarters, I hardly know how to find the words for thanks. You cannot know the pleasure such a visit would give me, or how every moment of it would be treasured. I wish I might accept now, and spend the [illegible]ening months in that delightful state of anticipation with which we children, however old, look ahead to a glad day. I hope some day within a moderate span of years, to be able to meet you face to face, and so feed a hunger I have carried for a scare of years. I am sure that you and I shall be excellent good friends if ever we do meet, and I trust we may before long03431


Davenport, Iowa

Date Original

1904-08-23 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 30.5 x 22 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0492

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Page 4


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