John Muir


[John Muir]


J. E. Calkins


[Rough draft of letter]

[July, ? 1904 ]

Mr. J. E. Calkins,
Davenport, Iowa.
My dear Sir:

Good lovers of God's wildness are far from common even in these days of nature books, nature studies, and annual outings, etc., so you may be sure I sorely regret missing you. I was in Australia when your kind letter to me was written (March 29th), and did not get home until the end of June. It was some days later before I found it in the big talus of books, pamphlets, and letters piled on my desk. But you must come again. Editors should take a good long rest every year - a complete rest, especially after long-continued overwork has resulted in nervous prostration, None of you "observations on the country, climate, conditions of living, etc." in long letters to the Democrat - a queer cure for overwork, particularly in the southern cities where real (unreal) estate agents make one dizzy with their confounded "mean temperature." No, you must change all that. Come with your wife to the Sierra next spring and rest under a Sequoia or a sugar pine. Come to my house and make it your headquarters and home, and I'll show you [how] it is done.
If you come by the Santa Fe get off at Muir Station, near our house. If by Southern Pacific, stop at Martinez, within a mile and a half of our house. If by the Union and Central Pacific you had better go on to San Francisco and there take a Santa Fe train to "Muir", which is only an hour and a half's ride, including the sail across the bay to Pt. Richmond. You will find a summer in the Sierra a genuine recreation.
I've been away more than a year, and have seen something of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand - the parks, gardens, art galleries, etc. of Europe, broad fertile Russia, the Crimea, Black Sea region, the forests and glaciers of the Caucasus, the broad densely forested ridges of the Ural Mountains.

[Draft of letter evidently incomplete]03419


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1904 Jul]


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0450

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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