Mrs. McChesney




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Mrs. McChesney's reminiscences, p. 3 at all times and places the same sort of dress it would be such a relief not to have to follow fashions." Yet she, who had never cared for such work, had a very delightful boarding-house for tourists. The table v/as perfect, and all the appointments of the house very attractive. She carried it Off well. She had great ability, and was kind hearted and hospitable to the extreme. Pasadena never has recognized her ability in making the town as attractive as she did by her influence. Later her mind became affected, and she was in the oil people 's home in San Francisco. Then her mind failed altogether and a brother-in-law took her to his home. She was not the Mrs. Carr of old v/hen Professor James got the letters from her. She was no more Mrs. Carr than a child would be. It v/as particularly reprehensible in him to take anything from her. But to return to John Muir — I always think of him as a natural gentleman. He was very gracious and thoughtful of old people as well as of children. My mother v/as a helpless invalid during the time he v/as with us. None of our visitors and friends were so appreciative of her fortitude in suffering as he. He was devoted to her and always expressed much sympathy and cons iderat ion. [The matter contained herein and opinions expressed were given just as they seemed to occur to Mrs. McChesney^io questions being asked about any of the topics referred to above]. .



Date Original

September 1916

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MSS048 Va.10

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