6621 Stewart Ave., Chicago,
April 15, 1903.
Dear Mr. Muir,
It was very good of you to suggest to me how I might improve the Ouzel verse. I shall try some day. I am so glad you like my little sketches of your Sierra friends. I am still hoping to see them and ycu together in the not very distant future. Or are you leaving our country for a long sojourn abroad? I am wondering if you go North, South, East or. West? Back to your childhood home, to Japan, or where? I love Japan. I lived there four years of my life. Have you ever seen it? I have seen your beautiful lakes, and your mountains in Scotland, too, and they were purple with heather.
I am writing a little book of verses, descriptive of places I love best in Japan. Would you like to see some of them? My little HHepatica is to come out in the Outlook (this month, I think) and my "May Song" in the same magazine in May. I send you two little verses I wrote some time ago. Mr. Mabie sent them back to me to-day, saying, "I like both of these, as I have liked everything that has come in so far from you. Unfortunately, at the moment we have as much poetry as we can use within a reasonavle time," etc. I think you, too, will like these.
Mr. Burroughs called to see me when he and Pres. Roosevelt were here. He said the President wanted him to go on to Cal. but he thought he should not go. He hates to miss the spring at Slabsides. The spring is tardy here. It is raw and cold, but the leaves are struggling out, and the gras is very green. I think the darling of the spring - the hepaticas -- will wait until May this year, as they sometimes do here.
Again thanking you from my heart for your kind letter, and wishing you a prosperous voyage, wherever you are going, I am,
Sincerely and gratefully yours,
1903 Apr 15
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Morgan, May, "Letter from May Morgan to John Muir, 1903 Apr 15." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2597.
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