Wolfe, Linnie Marsh
sometime before the holidays spoke of a hard cold and a \A jp cough that held on and when there was such a long silence. '•* I was afraid for you. So it was good to get your letter, and the spicy bit of green was thoughtful and dear of • you, of course it brought up hords of memories. It was just like the ones Papa nearly always wore in his buttonhole. I'm sorry to know you are still troubled with the head- C^ v <&> aches, I'm afraid you are trying to hurry too much. What if it is'nt brought out this spring? It is much more important that you conserve your strength and your health, and the book comes out next fall or next year. Being with Papa when he was trying to get a book or a troublesome article finished I understand so well what you are going through, and in looking back it seems to me Publishers are ALWAYS in a hurry. It is cruel in many cases. Your Mr. Knopf must be much more understanding and patient than most of them are. And I am glad he is. But please do think of yourself and don't get too worn out. I am so glad you were able to see the John Muir slip down to the water, I wish I could have been there with all my family, to wish her luck and to "come safely home" someday. I am so happy about it, have been thrilled ever since you told me there was ta be a ship bearing Papa's name, and I know he would havw been proud and glad. He loved the sea. And often talked of the wild north Sea of his [Dunbar] home. In looking over Dr. Bade’s book I find on page 227, vol. 2 something about trees going to sea, read it yourself, tho you may be already familiar with it. But it was absolutely impossible for me to see the ship launched. I received several newspaper clippings about it, one of them had a picture of [Jean], from different friends. But no pictures of the ship’s launching were sent [ ]. It doesn’t matter. Some day you will be coming south to see us again, and I can see yours there.
San Bernardino, Calif.
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