John Muir


[J. E.] Calkins


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This will leave our time less broken by business affairs tho these will not [awanting?]This must be a dismal letter to you both but most so to me. Only once before can I recall so deadly crushing a sickness.I am faithfully yoursJohn MuirMost everybody in our Valley has the Grippe 7 cases in Wanda's family at the Adobe, including Wanda herself & baby boy & husband & if all got as lean as me it would become like the Valley of dry bonesMartinez, Cal. Feb. 26, 1908Dear Mr Calkins:I'm very glad to get your good news of Mrs Calkins good health & your ableness for work. & am sorry I can't send something in accord with your h[earty?] encouraging letter I have been & am very sick, as unable for literary work as a dead man, & with no hope in sight of getting back to workable health for months. Some time in the dim future we may yet be able to something worth whil together. I hope to get rid of Helen's Ranch09203


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1908 Feb 26


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 17, Image 0221

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