Anna R. Dickey
shown in your Father's treatment of his boys pains me but perhaps inured you to the hardships you were to meet on mountain and glacier in later life. All physiques could not have endured burdens such as were put upon you. On the other hand we seem to have swung the pendulum far to much the other extreme and youth today is weakened by indulgence and lack of reverence and the finer fiber it seems to me.
Donald is getting off on a two months trip to Ojai and desert tomorrow under contract to Mr. Damson. he sold
Dear Mr Muir,
Your good letter and the book Boyhood days reached me last week and both were welcomed with enthusiasm in the Dickey home I assure you. I have read most of the latter in the Atlantic but mean to go through it again now I have it as a complete chapter in your life experience. the Scotch mistaken sense of discipline
him all his bird pictures for the book which is to come out in a year or two. and will be collecting mammals and photos this spring until June then he leaves for the east to be gone six months. I do hope your visit this spring will come before he goes finally. I want him to see you again and exchange woods notes, He is so happy to be really at work. I hope he will go seriously into the natural history part. It would please me to have him give up all money making ambition and devote his life to this work he loves best.
I learn through the Willards that Ellie and all the Hookers are to go abroad for the summer. Fine for them but we shall miss them. I am going over to spend a week with Mrs Hale, just to break the first loneliness when Donald goes as Mr Hale is away until July. She wants me to stay all the time but I can't bear to leave my home. Let me know ahead when you come down & I shall be ready for you any time and get Donald
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home, if only I have notice. Dont ride over from Hollywood without warning for my friends gad me about at a great rate when I am alone.
I am delighted to hear you are at work on Alaska notes My dream has not been given up that you should lead Ellie, Marion, Mrs Hooker, Donald and I up Muir glacier (in sight of) but evidently it is not to be this year -
Bessie is looking forward to feeding you up when you get through hibernating in
your den. It was indeed kind of you to send me the book and I value it and the friendship of the giver beyond words. I rather like the article on you in the Craftsman December by [Ada?] Barrus. She is cleverer than I dreamed.
Donald joins me in love and best wishes
Anna R. Dickey
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.
Dickey, Anna R., "Letter from Anna R. Dickey to John Muir,  Mar 30." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3948.
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