[John V.] Cheney
Martinez. Oct. 3. 1894My dear CheneyI thought on reading your witty rhyme before noticing the title--cylindrical thing without leg without wing Glazed membrane stuffed with motion sly India-rubber [illegible] etc.--Reading thus far I thought you were describing a bicycle after being run down. but of course soon saw your twister mysterious & his relation to the lady initialI think it's capitalextend our poor earthborn companion & fellow mortal full length, paint him in his own colors. & send him to Gilder in all his beauty such as it is & all his limber longitude.Many thanks. This is the first fair & kind word I have ever heard for friend op[illegible]. But you must take the fun ot of your lines & get to the standpoint of genuine brotherhood Cordially yoursJohn Muir
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