Melville B. Anderson
Via Giovan Battista Amici,
Florence, 1 Feb., 1913
Probably I sent you this booklet at Christmas, I don't find a record & can no longer reply upon memory. It is perhaps no bad thing that Memory forsakes us sooner than Hope! But your memory, at any rate, is still vivid: witness your "Plunge into the Wilderness" (and into the Atlantic!), which here, in this foreign atmosphere, recalls some memorable evenings with you and fills me with nostalgia for California. Time is good to you: what life, grace, humor, pathos! This is as it should be,
To John Muir Esq., LL.D.
and my prayer is that it may long be so. You are writing an autobiography destined to take a place apart in that most interesting & instructive order of literature. You never wrote better: the book bids fair to be classic. I have heard you say you hate to write; but it is not the facile, it is the reluctant, who write the real books. Keep this in mind, for it means you, and press on toward the mark of your high calling. Pardon this exhortation from an unworthy admirer.
Ever affectionately Yours,
Melville B Anderson
1913 Feb 1
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 26.5 cm.
Anderson, Melville B., "Letter from Melville B. Anderson to John Muir, 1913 Feb 1." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3904.
Reel 21, Image 0107
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