4Mrs. Hooker telephoned me last week, saying her brother, Mr. Putnam, was to be here about ten months, straightening out her affairs, and asking if I could work for him at the downtown office. I told her I felt that I ought not to be away from home this summer. School closes this week and I want to be home to look after Caslon and the boys that come to play with him.We have four hundred feet of back yard, you know, running to the top of quite a hill, and the boy has a car and an incline railroad track, with a number of curves and a small trestle over a ditch. So they have plenty of space and a good time, calling for5lots of noise and they need a referee quite often, which responsibility is rather more trying than I want my mother to assume, for she is so dear and sweet to me I don't want to lose her, ever.Caslon is well, and hardly a day goes by that he doesn't speak of you. He loves flowers and trees, and picks up leaves and stones on his way home from school, to show me, saying, "Heres a beauty; look!" He loves nature at this age and I am very glad, for I feel it will keep him clean and sweet-minded and kind and lovable=just as you are, dear John Muir.We talk of you so much05047
1911 Jun 20
Original letter dimensions: 26 x 16 cm.
Reel 20, Image 0387
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