Anna R. Dickey
Dear Mr Muir,
I dont know how I could let all these weeks of silence pass between us since your nice note came with the New Year. This has been a season of playtime awfully good for me in one way to have a lot of young people coming and going but I've sadly neglected my own friends. Donald is away from home so much of the year that I have thoroughly enjoyed all his young friends and last month we spent up to the Ojai and [illegible] on a camping trip for three weeks It was glorious riding in the snow and taking wonderful auto-chromes. Donald has a steriopticon now and we revel in this colored plates direct from nature - Isn't it almost time for you to come
down and get thawed out after the season's frosts - although we have been none too warm but clear and bracing. Donald wants to show you his photo of a blue-jay carrying another bird egg away in its beak. He is going on with his birding in earnest this spring and will be in Ojai and on the desert. Later he goes east for several months so I shall have another quiet summer. I was so sorry to miss Mrs Hooker's visit while we were in the mountains and I spent a week in bed with sciatica on my return - nature trying to tell me I'm too old to be gallivanting about so merrily but I shall not listen to such lies and expect to visit my beloved pines as long as I have breath I trust.
Have you kept warm and cared for? As usual I know you are busy and working. I do not worry over that brain of yours but wish the body was cared for as only such
a casement of ideas deserves to be
Mr Lukens is running for office as city commissioner. I trust he may win out. I was glad the Hetch-Hetchy matter went over - although Fisher decided it so, not on principle, but law technicalities, Let us hope the present administration will be talked in some way from handing it over to commercial S.F.
Since the rains we have had much warmth and I glory in my sheltered house where I may look at will. Do not forget us when the south winds tempt you.
Very sincerely your friend
Anna R. Dickey
Box 701 Pasadena.
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Dickey, Anna R., "Letter from Anna R. Dickey to John Muir,  Mar 10." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3929.
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