J. E. Calkins
I am led to infer, by what I read in the papers, that you did have that Grand Canon adventure with John Burroughs, after all. When we saw Mr. Vroman in Pasadena it appeared doubtful, from what he told us, if you would be able to make that trip. I am very glad if you really did get there, as I understand to have been the case. Sometime I hope to see the Canon myself, but I have not the courage to hope for such good company as either of you gentlemen had.The summer is coming on beautifully, down here, but it is a sorry thing to read, in the letters I get from Iowa of the rough time they have there. Cold, high winds, and hard storms, have made the days anything but pleasant for weeks past. People who, like yourself, enjoy storms for the insight they give into Nature's workings, might get something out of all this hurly-burly, but for those who have fled to California for the relief of calm weather there is not much contentment in it.I hope to hear that you have been feeling well, in body and mind. There is no rest for the former when the latter is disturbed, as I know yours has been over the condition of your daughter! I do not understand that the open air cure has failed; certainly I hope it has not. I believe that the girl will win the race yet, but there is always an anxious state of mind till these doubts are settled. When you have time for a line let me hoar, about her and yourself.As for Stickeen, he is so altogether good and great that I can only say, with all my heart, "thank you," and say it again and again; first that you have written it, as it is, and again that you have had the goodness to remember me so kindly. May the little book be the best seller of its day. Everybody ought to read it, and you deserve the success.With sincerest hopes for the prosperity of yourself and yours, I am, most truly yours,[illegible]04483
1909 Apr 26
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 18.5 cm.
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