Joseph C. Pickard
My Dear Mr. Muir.
I had read certain commendatory notices of your new book, & was thinking to go to Chicago for a copy, when I found my wish met by your thoughtful kindness. I give you hearty thank for the work which now. (to [illegible] four notices at "H[illegible]sea Biglow") on the [illegible] shelf with my "Mountains of California" I can let be upset". Some of the papers - articles rather which re-appear in this volume I had read in the "Atlantic Magazine", but not all. They interest me as few novels do. I seem to be with you as I read your pages. It is a rare pen that you handle.
I went the other day to the [illegible] [illegible] in the city to see & hear Irving & Te[illegible] - as Shylock & Portia. As I heard the words of L[illegible] in [illegible] [illegible] V. scene;- concerning the power of [illegible] over beast ( I need not quote them for you know them) I thought of your experience, related in your [former?] book with squirrels & birds - when you whistled and sang,- how they listened in rapt attention - till you fell into the measure of Old [Hundred?].- Is there no music in that old tune? Was it the words of the doxology to which the wild natures of the birds & squirrels made objection? Shakespeare can never have had that experience. A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year's be yours - now & often hereafter!
Joseph C. Pickard
I wish you might met my brother Josiah - former superintendant of [Public?] Instruction in Wisconsin. He is now in Pasadena, where I have a sister (Mrs. Sanb[illegible]) & he will go from there to his daughter's [illegible] or [illegible]tins. where he will remain till spring. Last winter he was in Polo Alto. Would I were with him! If so be that you come to Chicago. please let me know that I may find you.
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 14 cm.
Pickard, Joseph C., "Letter from Joseph C. Pickard to John Muir, [1902 Dec ?]." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4801.
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