J. E. Calkins


John Muir


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2THE DAVENPORT DEMOCRATAND LEADERDAILY, SUNDAY AND WEEKLY EIDITONSEDITORIAL ROOMDAVENPORT. IOWAMention; it gives no details and no description. How I should like to sit down somewhere out of doors, where the birds and squirrels and tame, and listen to your account of what you found there, and have you came upon it; And how much better I should like to wander among those agate logs, with you leading the way! It must have been almost enough to make you forget the sorrow you had left behind you at your home, to roam, a discoverer, through a region of such forest growth as that. To a man who loves and knows the forest giants and the forest children of today as you do, by making their acquaintance in their own homes, this ramble through the trees of forgotten ages must have brought strange sensations. I have been watching for the story of this chapter of discover, and I hope we shall have it soon.We left California, last spring, five days before the earthquake. Our boy, then it Stanford, advised us that we had been there as long as was good for him; he had several hard examinations in prospect, and we were a bar to anything like serious study. So we came away the morning of Friday, April 13. The superstitious person will surely have hard work to reason from this combination of unlucky days that we invited disaster upon ourselves. It was the fellow who did not leave on that day, or some other more or less auspicious, who got into trouble.But, good luck or bad, it was hard to leave. The Gold of Ophir was minted in unlimited coinage all over the trellises and trees and fences and houses all the way from San Diego to Sacramento, and every living thing out of doors was showing us its most inviting side, and pleading with us to stay. We had hope to fix ourselves there during the winter, but it so happened that we did not, and the necessity of taking care of what we had back here in Iowa forced us to leave the Coast and come. But ever since we have been trying to so shpae03809


Davenport, Iowa

Date Original

1907 Jan


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 16, Image 0619

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