Cha[rle]s F. Lummis
Los Angeles. Cal. April 25th 1903.
Dear John Muir:
I hope the "Glaciers" have by this time made their way to the encyclopedic sea, and broken off and drifted away, leaving you footloose. I have just this morning mailed my article on California to the same office--and it has made me hump this week to put so much California into so small a pinhole as ten thousand words.
I am mighty glad you are going to the Yosemite with the President, part of my consolation being that he can't lose_you as easily as he did Brother Burroughs in the Yellowstone. Only look out that you bar horses. A challenged party has the right of
weapons and don't you let "Teddy" get you to busting broncos with him. Just keep him afoot and guessing. This is really a moral obligation on you for the honor of the West. I want him to find that even the Jeremiahs out here can stay with him all day. I wish I could be a fly on a redwood stump, while the procession goes by. I am going over to the Grand Canon about the 2nd and see if we can pull it up a little nearer the surface so that he can explore the whole business in nine hours besides shaking hands with the whole population of Arizona. I hear that numerous suspicious looking boxes, whose contents are not necessarily for publication but as a guarantee of good faith, are being sent to the Grand Canon Hotel in my name to be presented to the President; but I am forming a dark plan to upon those boxes just before he gets there, and encourage the assembled population of Arizona to take his health so heartily that 
by the time of his arrival they will all be sitting down and leave him foot-loose. Don't you think this would be justifiable?
Your program does not look very encouraging but I shall continue to hope that after all you will squeeze out two or three days to roll in and see us before exposing yourself to the dangers of nervous prostration among the tenderfoot circumnavigators.
Turbese sends her love to all of you.
Always your friend,
1903 Apr 25
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.
Lummis, Charles F., "Letter from Cha[rle]s F. Lummis to John Muir, 1903 Apr 25." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2606.
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