Charlotte [Hoffman Kellogg]


[John Muir]





Very dear friend,

Well, it seems to be settled to-day. I have been waiting, hoping till the last minute that I might write you a letter of congratulations and rejoicing, but despite all your splendid work, they've decided against you. This is a note of congratulations however, I know everyone feels that the work you have done has had a big moral effect on the nation, even though this particular valley is lost to it. and I hope this realization is helping cheer you and prepare



you for your next great work!
We think of you and have wished so many times this fall that we might have had a little visit, but we knew you were working more than you should have been. Fortunately the winter has been mild so far, which I hope has prevented any nasty bronchitis. I am wondering if you will be with Wanda for Christmas or if perhaps you have run away south to Helen.
We are going to Carmel as is our custom, and I


expect my mother and sisters and brothers are coming down to the hotel just opposite our cabin for a few days. So we shall be together. The only unfortunate thing about our little nest there is that it doesn't comfortably house anybody but us!
We have been more rushed than ever these last few months - but well and happy. Jean growing and singing so we are giving thanks. Somehow we must arrange more breathing places in the next year then everything will be as it ought. My family is fairly well, mother never strong, but this year perhaps a little better than last. We hope to see you early in the New Year, and may it be rich and full for you. our very dear friend

Vernon sends warmest

[in margin: greetings and Jean a "good wish" Kiss.

Affectionately always - Charlotte]


Stanford Univ., Calif.


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.

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