715 N. Marengo Ave.Pasadena, Cal.March 3rd, 1910Dear Mr. Muir,I am writing to you on the advice of your old friend, John Burroughs, whom I am also fortunate enough to claim for a friend.I was expecting to visit Mr Burroughs this spring and be introduced to his sylvan and pastoral divinities, but a severe illness in December has left me on the verge of a breakdown and I may need to seek a more favorable climate to hasten my recovery.Mr Burroughs told me your04720
daughter spend three years in the desert and fully regained her health, and that you could direst me where to go. It may not prove necessary to make a change but I wish to be prepared to go at once, if it is thought best for me to leave Pasadena.If you are in Pasadena now, or any time in the next few weeks, I would like to ask you personally more questions about the surroundings and accommodations to be found at Daggett or any other place you would recommend.I would not trouble you if Mr Burroughs had not seriously advised the desert and referred me to you for information.I will be very grateful for any help you can give me as to conditions there.Sincerely yours,Mary Beal
1910 Mar 3
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 25 cm.
Beal, Mary, "Letter from Mary Beal to John Muir, 1910 Mar 3." (1910). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4958.
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