Anna R. Dickey
Box 701 Pasadena
July 16 - 1913
Dear Mr Muir
Donald and I have talked of you so often since he came home two weeks ago from his long outing. He got some fine pictures in the mountains and on Anacapa and Coronado Islands and also natural history specimens. he had an assistant with him and has paid all his expenses - selling his photos &c, at good prices. This sounds mercenary but if you could see what a new lease he has taken on life since he became able to camp and ride horseback and earn his living like a man you would understand what I mean. I had hoped you would get down while he was home this time
We have turned the little dining room into a work shop and you could have had a room for your work. He has gotten off most of his picture orders now and expects to leave next week for the east to be gone several months. He will go to New Brunswick and take [moving?] pictures of moose if he can get them with his old Scotch guide Adam Moore.
I am closing my house and will go with a quiet friend to the redwoods at Arbolado P.[A.?] near Monterey - a stage ride of 38 miles into the mts. on the Aur river where Mrs Hooker found it so interesting last year. a Mrs Pfeiffer has a ranch there and log cabins and I am looking forward to the mild peaceful life after much entertaining and furs and feathers of city. I wish you could look in upon us and give us some of your words of wisdom over the camp fire. Drop me a postal
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complete works. The binding is very fine and [worthies?] their contents and Mr Vronman and I are agreed that it is a great success. He prefers the red and I the green - a true woods color for me!
I presume you are busy over the Hetch Hetchy matter. I am glad to see Senator Works has taken it up. I almost wish you would go on to Washington and enlist the heads on the right side. Many are in real ignorance and so many are working for the wrong side.
I have heard no word from the travellers. Prof. Hale is in [Conn.?] and did not meet them. I presume their days are full. Wanda went off in high feather.
I trust the book comes on apace I hate to think of you drudging every minute and never eating. Bessie was disappointed not to see you here. I shall be in S.F. one morning only the 27th at
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if you could come over from Martinez and we'd meet you at the Monterey Hotel, headquarters for the stage that runs every Monday Wednesday and and Friday at 7.30 a. m. and yave the stage ride together. We go down from the Stewart Hotel San Francisco Sunday eve July 27th so as to start up the mountain on Monday the 28th.
Donald is going to visit N. Y. Boston, Phil. and Washington in the Fall and get in touch with the Museums. He is so much better, it makes me very happy. He is anxious to meet Frank Chapman and I hope he can meet that Mr Ridgway, of whom you spoke so highly. I dont know that he will be brave enough. People are after him to write a bird-book but he is under contract to Mr. Dawson for the material he has at present.
I have just been in danger of breaking the tenth commandment over a beautiful edition of your
Hotel Stewart. Then on to Arbolado Dont you yearn for a redwood visit?
With sincere regards from both Donald and your old friend
Anna R. Dickey
1913 Jul 16
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 15 cm.
Dickey, Anna R., "Letter from Anna R. Dickey to John Muir, 1913 Jul 16." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4039.
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