Mary Frances Kellogg


John Muir



has been forced to go back to the desert to live. Please remember me to her and also to Mrs. Hanna and the little boys.
My cousin was wishing she knew short-hand and was more skilful at type-writing, so that she might help you with your notes.
Our nice open hill-side is fast being dotted with houses & street improvements--among other things, telephone, and electric-light poles.

With affectionate esteem,

Mary Frances Kellogg



Michigan and Lexington Aves.

April 30, 1913

Dear Mr. Muir:

Something nice happens to me with delightful frequency. Just now it is the receipt of your letter telling of the order for one of your new books to be sent to me. I went today to Vroman's, and learned that the books had just arrived, and will be unpacked tomorrow. So I shall call for mine then, and have



sent word to my sister-in-law to do the same for hers
I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness.
I have been watching for a long time for the book to come out, and in fact, had an order in for one in March, at Williams' Book Nook. I succeeded about a week ago in getting a copy, and started to read it on the way home. The book was half read before bed-time, and would have been entirely finished


had not less pleasing occupations demanded my attention. However, the next day saw it finished. It is so fascinating, and some of it so pathetic; and I was laughing or almost crying half of the time.
Of course, the copy I had already gotten will go as a gift to some friend, while the more treasured one from you will remain in my possession.
I am very sorry to hear that your daughter Helen


Altadena, Calif.

Date Original

1913 Apr 30


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26.5 cm.

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Reel 21, Image 0367

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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