Mary Frances Kellogg


John Muir



in the books. I have promised the one I bought (before the gift one came) to my cousin, Clara Penfield, who lives with me.
My brother Will has been away on business for several months. In June, Mrs. Kellogg and Ellen & Dorothy left to join him for a visit with a friend in the Colorado Mountains, and William and three boy friends, with a chauffeur, made the trip in the same machine in which they went to Yosemite. Mrs. Kellogg & Dorothy are now visiting "Winnie the Skylark" in Detroit.



July 12, 1913

My dear Mr. Muir:

Your letter came yesterday afternoon and was most welcome. It had been quite a while since news from you had come.
I have been very sorry to read of the possible success of the furtherers of the scheme to use Hetch-Hetchy for San Francisco. I knew how you were feeling about it.



Perhaps you never received my letter thanking you for the "Boyhood" book, and telling you that I had been so anxious to read it that I had been pestering the book-dealers for weeks & had succeeded in getting one some days before Mr. Vroman received the consignment in which were the copies for my sister-in-law & myself.
I had already read the book, with the greatest interest, and had shed tears over some of


your hard times. I read it in a day & could not put it down until it was finished. You wrote me asking if Mrs. Kellogg & I had received copies from Vroman's, and I went to them, discovering the books had just arrived.
My sister was, of course, wonderfully pleased, & I am sure she must have written. I know it was her intention to write at once.
When you are again in Pasadena, we hope you will write your name



The "book" has not received nearly as much attention as I had expected & hoped to give it as soon as school closed the latter part of June. I have gone through the the very unusual experience, for me, of being most utterly tired out, with a very real attack of grip, from which I am at last feeling better.
I am very anxious to go East the latter part of the summer & visit my sister and



Please remember me to Mrs. Hanna and the little boys. I hope you are taking good care of yourself in all your writing and activity about the Hetch-Hetchy.
I was sorry not to be able to go with the Sierra Club on the big trip this year, but am surely going to try to manage it next year.
My cousin wishes to be


remembered to you. Thanking you for your great kindness,
With affectionate regard,

Your friend

Mary Frances Kellogg


Altadena, Calif.

Date Original

1913 Jul 23


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26.5 cm.

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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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