book I should certainly go the first of October. As it is we must remain here until the books are out, trusting to get a change later. We have hoped for word from Wanda telling us when she is to make her promised visit. We often speak of the delightful time we had with you, and Miss Knapp fairly beams whenever she refers to it. I enclose two or three photographs for Mrs. Muir, and will send her some more later.
With kindest regards to you and yours from all three of us,
Sincerely your friend
Ridge Road and Highland Place.
Berkeley, Cal. September 26 '99
My dear Mr. Muir: -
You have been so very kind to us I hardly know how to write to you. We were glad to see you "Shasta" and intend to read it very soon and return to you. Louise will enjoy it particularly after her recent visit there.
About the acre of land, we are somewhat puzzled. We want to accept your kind offer. It would be a great delight to have a little cabin
near your home to which we could repair now and then and have a glimpse of you and a taste of country air and fruit. I think furthermore it would be good for me to escape our Berkeley fogs now and then during the summer. I was talking with Mr. Keith about it yesterday and he grew quite enthusiastic, with visions of little excursions we might make together to our retreat, keeping bachelor quarters for two or three days at a time. But alas for air castles! The practical considerations must be met. The first difficulty in the way of immediately carrying out the plan is the fact that for the next few weeks I shall be
very busy. I am now seeing my bird book through the press and we have arranged for the publication of a little volume of complete and [quatraine?] as a Christmas booklet. Then, too, even to build a very modest little cabin would cost a hundred dollars at the least (including a chimney and lumber). I might do a considerable part of the work myself, but unfortunately I am not strong enough to work continuously with tools all day long, so it would take me some time to complete it.
We have all three had colds, and the persistent fogs of the past month have been unfavorable for recovery. We have been talking of going off for a month in the pine woods of Mendocino County, and if it were not for my
Ridge Road & Holland Place, Berkeley, Calif.
1899 Sep 26
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.
Keeler, Charles, "Letter from Charles Keeler to John Muir, 1899 Sep 26." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2453.
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