Anna R. Dickey
Dear Mr Muir,
I couldn't refrain from passing these letters on to you although I presume you have had equally recent word - Another from Marian was Too blurred by getting wet and had no other news. Mrs Hooker evidently only left them for a few days & enclosed Eellies letter to explain. Marian spoke of you in reference to my lovely glimpse of you in S.F. for which I'm so grateful.
The woods are beautiful, I wish you were with us.
Dear Mrs. Hooker:-
5 P.M. just arrived from Villa Carlotta. Most beautiful gardens. A most lovely canon [diacritic] with [100?] tree ferns. We only saw the entrance hall which had some rather fine statuary standing around.
Bought you lace at Tremezzo. It is better than what you saw at the store here.
We had a beautiful
walk at Varenna To the ruined castle then we had luncheon on the boat. It is warmer than yesterday but lovely.
There is no particular use in telling you how we feel towards your leaving us - you may know!
Is this a [heather?]?
Please remember us to Mrs. Dougherty.
people up there say they have "nine months of winter and three of cold weather." I can believe it, for it snowed twice the week we were there! Fancy snow in August. We met some interesting Swiss people (through a friend) of the upper class and so had unusual opportunities, saw the inside of one of their villas and the outside of some of their castles, most romantic structures.
The girls will be here in 2 or 3 days. After Venice we [illegible] Verona and Lugano and a few days at Milan and from there see Maude off.
My love to you and always bestest wishes
Venice, August 20
What a duck you are besides being a Dickey-bird! When Ellie read me the letter from you two days ago I thought I must send you a line, too. Though I try to spare my imperfect eyes by not writing too much one time, having hurt them badly last time.
How splendid it is about Donald and his fine work. He must be very happy over it, and you almost more so. You are on
you may to Arbolado when you wrote. Tell me how it turned out. I warned you it was a place to rough it in. How is that brave, cheerful woman who keeps it? I conceived a large admiration of her and the little Eellen daughter who seconded her as well.
I have just left my three girls at Bellagio while I came down here in advance, to see some friends who needed me. It was warm at the lakes, but it is hotter here.
I don't know how it will go Eellie and Maude feel the heat more oppressive than Marian and I. After Maude leaves us, the 15th of Sept. we shall sit back and do a little resting. I can hardly refrain from hastening things and traveling a little too fast while she is here because she is to have less of it than the others.
We have just come home from the Eryadine, which I had never seen before and found most curious and absorbing - both the place and the people. The
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Dickey, Anna R., "Letter from Anna R. Dickey to John Muir, [ca. 1913 Sep]." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4112.
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