Martinez, Apr. 3, 1913.
Dear Mrs Hooker,
I'm glad you're all going to take a travel rest It will help to blot the past and heal cruel heart-sores. Marian too will get the rest she so sorely needs and has so bravely won. For faithfull Ellie too the trip is just right
I would enjoy going with you, but enjoyment of this sort has never been mine and I suppose never will be. all perhaps for the best. I would like to see Athens and Rome & a few of the Greenland and Antarctic ice-floods; then I'd willingly let my legs rest. I like the little picture you sent better than the one I have framed. but both are impressively bad Strange is it not
how photographers with their crystal lenses can make God's holy light tell lies. I wish you would try Dassonville whose address is 251 Post St. Colby & Parsons dragged me into his studio a few weeks ago, & the pictures he made are said to be the very best.
As for the book I was tired of it, thought there was but little available good in it for busy strangers, & my head was full of Amazone, so I handed the M.S. to the publishers & hurried away to the sun-drenched wilderness not caring what they called it.
By the way, how many copies do you want for your friends? Will two dozen be enough? I'll send them as soon as I can get them I could find not a single copy in the S.F. bookstores a few days ago but they were expecting them soon.
In your guess that I dont eat enough you may be right. for Contra Costa county cooking is rough like agricultural dry-year clods.
Your Buenoes Aires letter lost nothing by delay. Time never affects love words.
Ever your affectionate friend
With love to all who love you.
Mr Muir - Religious Revival
The revival swept along like a prairie fire till there was only this one old burnt stump of a sinner left
1913 Apr 3
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Katharine] Hooker, 1913 Apr 3." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3954.
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