Marcius Curtis Smith
March 30th 1901
My dear Mr. Muir; I sincerely appreciate your kind and warm letter of the seventeenth. The say that old friends are the best friends and I find by long experience that this is a most true saying. We must hold to our old acquaintances as long as possible, and not let them drop out of our lives simply because time and distance intervene between visits. Yes I remember well my visits to South Indianapolis, and how you fascinated me with your various collections and inventions. What a life of adventure and discovery you have had since those Hoosier days! My days have been a mixture of business and pleasure with a goodly share of the latter well sprinkled in. I left Indianapolis in the spring of 1874 for a week's visit to relatives
in Davenport, Iowa. This visit lengthened into a quarter of a century. There I married in 1884, Miss Wilkinson She was a graduate with highest honors of Vassar College and a most noble and lovable woman. We travelled through Europe during the years of 1884 and 1890. Our married life was most happy during the few years alloted to us together. She died June 18th 1897. I am living alone in St Louis, having entered into active and pressing business to keep the mind occupied. My business interests are [growing?], and they will doubtless make St Louis my permanent residence. Here you have the nutshell autobiography of my last third of a century. I thank you very much for your kind invitation to visit you in Martinez. As I have two brothers living on the Coast, it is possible that I may get to California some day and I will surely accept your hospitality. I appreciate your book, magazines and pamphlets sent me ! I have a great receiving capacity! I can take more. - [Now?] Mr. Muir I am no correspondent, yet I ask you to write to me about yourself, your work, your family. I want to know you - I want you to know me.
Marcius Curtis Smith.
1901 Mar 30
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Smith, Marcius Curtis, "Letter from Marcius Curtis Smith to John Muir, 1901 Mar 30." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4402.
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