J. E. Calkins


John Muir


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6health that I had shattered by too close devotion to the desk of a daily paper. The mountains, with their rocks, and trees, and cascades, and tarns, and wild things, for me. No other sanatorium likes me half as well.I hope we shall have more from your inspired pen. The world needs it, and you have the matter in hand with which to supply it. Beside, it is time for another chapter; indeed, a whole book. Some day you will be going a long journey from which you will forget to return to gladden the hearts of men with those inimitable word pictures that chase care out of the heart so quickly for those who love them. You know how the light of late afternoon fails in the forest of the Sequoia, even though it be on the western slope where the sunshine lingers last and longest. I hope you will soon give me a chance to review, in my weak way, another book. It will be a good one when it comes. Meantime I shall live in the hope of further kindly word from you, and a meeting such as you suggest. I have nothing great to show you here - only the Mississippi and lovely Rock island, but if you came by this trail through the eastern wilderness of business I hope you will pull my humble latch string. It has lone swayed and frayed i' the wind for the tug of your fingers: Faithfully yours-J. E. Calkins.Mr. John Muir;Martinez, California.03431


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 0496

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Page 6


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