Cha[rle]s Warren Stoddard
I can fasten it in my copy of your glorious book [and?] place that book in my Holy of Holies along with my priceless Author's copies - it should have been placed there long ago for there, and only there it truly belongs.
7 - July - '01.
Dear John Muir,
Did you know I was alive all this time? Or, didn't it matter? I have just heard of my death from friends in Hawaii.
It seems I died last summer; but nobody told me of it until just now; That isn't why I am writing to you now. "Hark, from [the?] Tombs!" No: I write because I have thought of you very
often during all these silent years; [and?] have as often thought of writing. I want a line from you, please, dear forester of that most dear Martinez. I want a line or a slip of paper so that
have gone before me, with what patience I may. I wish I might have a photograph of you - with autograph - but I will beg no more. God bless you, dear old friend.
Ever affectionately yours
Chas Warren Stoddard.
300 - M St - N. W.
Washington D. C.,
I have tracked you as well as I could all through these years. Have pictured you as leading the [gentlest?] of lives, with the happiest environment. Domesticated in the sweetest wilderness in California -
- I hope it is still a wilderness, or near one. I have been blown about rather unceremoniously for years and years: I seem to have [struck?] root, after a fashion, for I have been here twelve long
years in my Class Room (Eng Lit) in the Catholic University at Washington, D.C., and God knows if I shall ever escape alive. I follow slowly, but surely, in the invisible foot-steps of those who
Island Hights, N. J.
1901 Jul 7
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.
Stoddard, Charles Warren, "Letter from Cha[rle]s Warren Stoddard to John Muir, 1901 Jul 7." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4431.
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