Dorothea [Draper et al.]
October 28t 1899
Dear Mr. Muir
The reason that the G.Q. have not answered your letter was that we hesitated to attempt to cope with your overflowing poetical genious, and felt that we [would?] all wait until we assembled and put our wits together to reply.
[sharp?] would revel in the incongruity of the styles but we hardly dare to hope that such a well-rounded, published and glaciated poet will take the same delight, now you are in for it, & will have to read with patience this lenghty document.
Your "deadly enemy", John Bourroughs, has been here, and has won us all over to his side, so you will surely have to come east post haste, to counteract
his bad influence. He did give me a beautiful start on one line of nature, and which I am surely going to follow up, especially after your advice.
You certainly converted us all in that respect but Dr. Converse seems to have run in the wrong directon & wonder why? Perhaps because the glacier chill had seized you he thought!
Beth is so witty that it quite overpowers a plain ordi-
nary person like me and I am at a loss how to keep up with her. It is perfectly great to be with the other G.Q's one more and as you may easily imagine our principal delight in talking over the trip and the people of this summer.
We are soon going to play the great Scotch game - golf for which
I must get ready so I will relieve you and remain with love
It is sad that we have to wind up so soon, but in the country young people have to be out in the air a good deal. We have seen various numbers of the H.A.E.B. lately, & all look well, but when we get together it is impossible to refrain for talking of the trip & all the sight of Alaska. I have heard
that at the time of the earthquake there the Muir Glacier had entirely disappeared but hope it is not true, for it would be too sad to think of that wonderful glacier having been destroyed.
It is time to stop now for Mary wants to add a line.
But [tired?] little Beth will put in a word or two again. I received your letter letting of
Dr. Merriam's expected visit and would have paid my "corresponding club" dues [err?] this had I not been busy at school in New York. Will this make up for the answer? I trust so, and am as ever
Lovingly your H.A.E. friend
I think the [illegible]er is better than the [illegible], so [am?] not as disturbed about the Muir Glacier as though you were there yourself.
This letter makes up in length if not in brilliancy, with your own, and I hope we will have another one soon from you. It makes us feel as though the H.A.E. were not so separated as they really are. Please remember me to the H.A.E. of your side of the continent, and please don't forget us on this side, especially
Your loving little friend
Arden, New York
1899 Oct 28
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Draper, Dorothea, "Letter from Dorothea [Draper et al.] to John Muir, 1899 Oct 28." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2463.
Reel 10, Image 1047
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