Cora Cressey Crow
vauntings of this little book come to me in the form of a fearful Nemesis when I find how very substantial your pudding is, for you see, although I but cut the string a moment since, I could no more resist peeping into a new book, than to glance at a mirror [illegible]assing which is a wretched comparison but I am overwhelmed by the downfall of my own vain gloriousness and honestly confess to be eating a piece of very humble pie.
Many many thanks for my little Rab, so beautifully prefaced by a [illegible] gentian, which vividly recalls our charming apartments in the meadow of blue where even now, in fancy I see their little faces peeping out of the snow wonderingly--
Sept 24 95
My dear Mr. Muir,
What an awful, awful awful thing to have ones self-pride overthrown, derided and I alas! am even now in that pitiable state. Fraught with what painful meaning do the words come to me.
"Boys flying kites haul in their while-winged birds,
You can't do that way when you're flying words" oh! for the power to call back that fatal missive that is even now speeding toward you with a fearful rapidity. After all my aspersions here is dear Rab really with me and the only miserable excuse that can be ventured forth, for so maligning him is found in your John Browns preface when he says, "empty praise, without the solid pudding is proverbally a thing of naught," so your
surely you have lived sufficiently long in this worldly world of ours (and it doesn't take such a long time either) to learn what an insatiable thing is human nature--why didn't you write in my book? Eriogonum is now a familiar name in our midst, so I was doubly glad to meet another of its members from the Arctic shores and shall share the remembrance with my sister.
"Nothing so weary as a twice-told tale" so I will not reiterate my thanks but show a thorough appreciation by hieing myself hammock-ward and spending a delightful afternoon after my own heart with Rab and his friends.
With kindest remembrances - I am
Most cordially yours
Cora Cressey Crow
Crow's Landing [Calif]
1895 Sep 24
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Crow, Cora Cressey, "Letter from Cora Cressey Crow to John Muir, 1895 Sep 24." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3142.
Reel 08, Image 1187
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