Helen [Muir Funk]
takes all that used to go to fat for myself before he came. And then too I have never before had to go without fruit and Jelly and cooked apples and salad, and you know I have always eaten so much of these cooling refreshing things in hot weather before. Of course as soon as I get to a higher and cooler place, with a complete change. I will have a sharper appetite and wont miss the "fruit and things so much. And now here is something you will be glad to hear. I asked the doctor about giving the baby cows milk, in part, and he said try it, and showed me how to dilute an sweeten it. So we tried and find that so far it agrees perfectly. He takes it from a spoon or a small cup, and I only have to supply about half as much of his nourishment as I did before. He also drinks lots of hot water- boiled - and he sleeps from five to six hours a day besides his night sleep which lasts till about five-thirty now as I am getting up earlier than I used to. His gums seem to be very slow and are no more swollen now than a while back. About twice a day he fusses a little and tells me he wants me to help him, so I wet a piece of cotton and rub his gums with it, and wash out his whole mouth to cool it, and then he is satisfied and goes on playing or goes to sleep. But of course we will keep close watch over him.Do you want me to return your letter from the publishers? I was glad to read them. And your "First Summer" book came a few days ago and is charming. I like the way it is gotten up too. The forest and stream pictures are cooling and refreshing to look at in a desert, and the flower pictures are beautiful. I always felt that it would make a delightful book, and you will see that it will have a big sale. I am so glad that the Yosemite book is so nearly finished. Who is going to
1911 Jul 8
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