Kate N. Daggett
She told me too of the loss of your manuscript, I hope you can re-write without too much trouble. I have been hard at work all Winter studying – not Nature – but her sister Art. Have I hope been helping friends a little by a series of readings illustrated by the photographs of engravings collected abroad and the way we left home sent off the last pages of a translation of Charles Blanc’s Grammar of Painting & Engraving that I hope some dark night next Winter when you cant get out of your cabin you will like to run through. I wish my body had wings as my mind has for I should fly away to see the big trees & the waterfalls. We must get to the Valley once more before you go away to Switzerland. Give our love to dear Mrs. Hutchings. With pleasantest memories of you truly your friend Kate N. Daggett.
Hot Springs. Arkansas. 19th April. 1873.
Dear Mr. Muir,
I used to believe that where there’s a will there would be a way found, but I don’t get into the one that leads to Agassiz’ work on glaciers. Mrs. A- wrote me her husband had not a single copy of it else he would with pleasure send it to you. it has been out of print for a long time but I shall try on the other side of the sea to get it. And please never say that avoid trouble in connection with any little thing I can do for you, the occasion for that
expression was when you were lifting me over the rocks in Yo Semite. Mrs. Agassiz offerred to send me some pamphlets of the Professor’s upon glaciers and kindred themes “when she should have time to look them up.” Were you not glad to hear of the princely gift of Anderson to the great naturalist for a national school where students can learn of the good Mother from her own books of rock and tree, in her own school-room with Heaven for a roof. Perhaps you’ll come and give a vacation to help in this grand undertaking. As you see we are from home and unfortunately this is a health-trip
else we should be in a different part of the country. Nature has stored up medicines here in the bright, sparkling waters that are said to be a “sure cure” for eheusuatism, and for three weeks Mr. Daggett has daily taken a partial boiling in them. Next week we are going for a short visit to New Orleans, then home. Jeannie writes she has been pleasantly at work superintending the planting of the University grounds but the work is suspended because the new President “does’nt quite see how the Agricultural & Horticultural departments are to be developed”. He had very much better leave it to the Doctor & Jeannie who do see.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
1873 Apr 19
Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 29.5 cm.
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