J. E. Calkins
Lordsburg April 16, 1913.
My Dear Mr. Muir:_
A day or so ago the mail brought me from Houghton Mifflin Co., a beautiful Copy of your beautiful book, "The Story of my Boyhood and Youth", with a card inscribed "with the Compliments of the Author". A most valued treasure, and a most delightful surprise. I am sure you would have felt a degree of satisfaction if you could have seen the reception the whole family gave this charming arrival.
These are busy days, so I have not had time to advance beyond the 33rd page, which reeks of blood and battle. and is an awful temptation to deny the flesh by burning the midnight oil till these thrilling thrashings, on and off the playground, are passed. But I am only waiting my time and Chance, and I promise myself Some good times, looking backward with you over those wild boyhood days, and the others that came after them.
I am simply delighted to have this further chance of readng something from your pen, and to know that you have thought Enough of me to remember me in this opulent fashion. I hardly know
1913 Apr 16
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Calkins, J. E., "Letter from J. E. Calkins to John Muir, 1913 Apr 16." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3960.
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