Sallie Kennedy Alexander
place His wonderful creations so vividly and exquisitely before mortals less fortunate, but who possess an [embryo?] love for nature, which you always succeed in bringing into stronger life, and make one long for the opportunity of its yet greater expansion. I should be much pained if I thought you would [continue?] my silence into want of appreciation of your fo[illegible], and Mr. Alexander fears you will, and I beg you will not for it is not the case. [We?] [both?] hope the passing year will continue to you and yours, health and great happiness. As in days far away.
[in margin: so now, Sincerely your friend Sallie Kennedy Alexander.]
1711 Q Street. Washington Feb 2nd
My dear Mr. Muir,
Just a month ago, our sincere thanks should have been sent you, for the lovely memento - your book - "Our National Parks" - which you so kindly sent at Christmas. A number of times my husband has queried, "Sallie Have you thanked Mr Muir for his book"? "No I have not, and I cannot until I have had at least a taste of the delight I know its contents will afford" and this was my unconquerable feeling. Last week for the first time we were all to quietly drink deep of the fountains of beauty and instruction with which the
book abounds, For many of the [illegible]tions one reading would not suffice, and please read that again, for we always read aloud, one or other of us would say, and so we have read a good portion, deeply impressed, and most grateful at the power of language, and your wonderful use of it to describe the beauties, marvels, and [terrors?] almost, of nature from a snow flake, to the mighty [illegible] which have [illegible] mountains in twain. Many pictures I have [illegible]ged to my soul loath to feel they could ever be p[illegible]
from me. But the time when we can enjoy such soul refreshing [illegible] is very limited in this busy season of the year. He first of January always developes the strength of the social season to follow, and my mind and time have been almost constantly occupied with guests, and this generally continues through January and February. It is our custom to read aloud each evening, when we can command the time, so we joyfully anticipate the evenings we can call our own ere long and the first suggestion I know will be. "let us read Mr Muirs book again," and we will again thank God, for the appreciation and the intellect he has given you to
1902 Feb 2
Original letter dimensions: 17 x 27 cm.
Alexander, Sallie Kennedy, "Letter from Sallie Kennedy Alexander to John Muir, 1902 Feb 2." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4606.
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