Clara Barrus


John Muir


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cheap, twenty-five cents a year(ten numbers) that the poorest child can subscribe, and he is going to get the best contributors he can secure for it. The first number is to come out in April 1915,so we are to set right to work to gather the material for it. Mr. Burroughs is to write something for the first number, and if you will for the April, May or June number, we can announce it ahead in the Prospectus. But if you can't promise that yet, will you consent to your name going down as one of the Contributing editors? And will you let me know right away?You told me some mighty interesting anecdotes of your early inventions, which I am sure would be of great interest to boys. But anything you would write, and on any topic, would be welcomed. Your early or late adventures, any aspect of them likely to interest boys and girls .Do be good and say yes, for the sake of the boys and girls all over the land whom you love, and who love you, and whom you want to help love the things that you love.John of Birds has been much stirred up this summer over the terrible war; he has written but little, has read but little else, and talked but little else. His feeling toward the Kaiser has been so strong that he has chopped his head off in every block of wood he split for our kitchen stove all summer, and we burned a good deal of wood. I am so weary of reading of the slaughter and suffering that I turn to this new venture for furnishing wholesome food for the mind of the child with eagerness. Besides, it will furnish me with agreeable work,which I can carry on in my own little home, with my children(brother's children)about me, and with them to teach me in more ways than one, things I need to know. I had three of them with me last winter, and shall soon have two or three with me again. I also have one patient, but I hope to be able to send her home soon, so to be freer for pleasanter duties. I find it harder to care for one mental invalid in my home than it was to care for several hundred in a hospital, for here I am never free of them.Mrs. Ashley and the Doctor and their two beautiful daughters motored over here one day last July before we left for the mountains. We always speak of you and wish we could show you the beauties of our country hereabouts, as you showe us those of your great noble forests, and mountains.I don't write often to you, so you must forgive me if I inflict a long letter when I do write.Sincerely and hopefully yours,[illegible]05879


Riverby, West Park, N. Y.

Date Original

1914 Nov 11


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 22, Image 0779

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