mornings. Palo Alto is a pretty village with its fine trees, and I hope that we shall all have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family here one of these days. I spoke with [Dudly?], who joins me in these hopes; you may be assured that there will not be any circle of chairs arranged around you, and no 'talk', 'lecture' and unnecessary handshaking. We are too [innocent?] & good natured for that, and not as wise as the B. snakes. With the Kindest regards to Mrs Muir and your daughters and thanks for your many kindnesses (last not least the charming book and the pine-cone)
Ewald Flugel [diacritic].
Jan. 10. 1902
My dear Mr Muir,
You and your dear wife (as I should say in German; in ['America?'] : M[?] Muir) must regard me as a most ungrateful wretch for not having written a line yet after my return home from your hospitable roof! I plead guilty of having been painfully negligent, but I can assure you that I have not been ungrateful! On the contrary whenever I was able to take a free breath under the
avalanche of work, whenever I thought of your quiet home and of the beautiful view from your study, down the little peaceful valley, I felt refreshed and happy and thought of you in gratitude and with the best wishes. The month before [Xmas?] was a very busy one, I had some extra lectures to prepare, an address before the Am. Philological Association, which went off smoothly the second day after Xmas & then came some quiet days with the children to whom I read parts of your new charming book, a day's trip to a gigantic lovely redwood on
our Coast range (with Th. B. [illegible]) and now again the semester with a number of cares and 'worriment' and another article to be finished by next Wednesday - - - the old dance of American 'over industry', the s[illegible]fying effects' of which you criticize so truly! I often think of your [wise?] way of spending your earlier days in nature, with nature, as part of Nature(!), and I hope that I shall yet have a chance to imitate you. — We have spent a very happy Xmas time, and the New Year has found us all in good health, and enjoying the fine sunshine of the aftermoors as much as the fogs of the
1902 Jan 10
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Flugel, Ewald, "Letter from Ewald Flugel to John Muir, 1902 Jan 10." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4570.
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