Melville Best Anderson
Sept 6, 1902,
Dear Kind Friend:
Your offer to go with me to the mountains is the best thing I could possibly have conceived. It is so good that I fear it can hardly be true,- but yes, there it is! I am [taking?] electrical treatment with Dr. Hirschfelde who doesn't want to let me go at present, & I am [illegible] to break entirely with him, as I fear I should have to do if I went now. Would it be possible for us to go, say,
two weeks later than now? or about the 20th. But I fear your offer to go represents rather the impulse of your big heart than a possibility : poetry rather than external reality. Anyhow the offer is very cheering to me : and if I can summon courage to bid the doctor go tapsalteerie I'll attempt to [renew?] the charming day = dream. I am not exactly a puling paralytic; but you would find me a very humdrum companion, altho' a very good listener (so I flatter myself).
I'll go (if at all) wherever you think best. I had thought of going to some quiet place, like the Sequoia grove near Ke[illegible]yer's, and camping there for some time, taking my Dante = work with me Two hours, or three, a day are my [stint?]. Of course it's too cold to camp in the high Sierras - But I will write again soon. Meanwhile I am most gratefully yours
Melville B Anderson
Mr. John Muir
Menlo Park [Calif.]
1902 Sep 6
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.
Anderson, Melville Best, "Letter from Melville Best Anderson to [John Muir], 1902 Sep 6." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4717.
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