J. E. Calkins
Lordsburg, Calif. Nov. 2, 1910.My dear Mr. Muir:-It seems long since the day you were at our house here at the grove, and long, too, since we had word of you. Awhile ago we saw that you were at Hooker's, writing a book, but since then you have completely got out of our field of vision — and that is a thing we don't like to have happen.We are working away here, and with good success. The grove is coming on finely, and supporting us and it, and going to do more pretty soon. Our son went East in August for a 6-weeks visit, but will probably be there till next autumn, engineering, so we 2 old folk are alone.I want to say that we should be more than merely glad to have you here again. I am getting things in good shape, so I can have some leisure. Now — if you can use me in anything you are doing I shall be at your service. This is not a business proposition at all — pure genial goodwill and friendship. I shall enjoy doing anything you want done in the way of typewriting etc. and no thought of money in it. Mrs. Calkins keeps worrying about you, and I believe won't be happy at all until you come and live with us awhile. I shall have half my time, at least, available for your purposes, and I assure you I shall be most happy to devote it to04893
2you, in any manner you may suggest. We can put you up on some degree of comfort, and possibly we can find bread and tea that will suit you, and if you will slip in here on the quiet you can be as free from dress dinners, lectures, speeches, curious callers &c, as we can be ourselves: and, of course, always free to come and go, at will. If you shall care to come here and make use of our very humble home and the little it contains we shall be more than paid for anything that we may do or give; so you see this is not a proposition involving money values in any degree or manner. You will find a very unconventional household here, but there will always be room enough for you.We haven't heard a word about your daughters since we last saw you. We have much enjoyed the sketch in the August Century, but that gave us no news of you for we knew all the things therein related. But we hope to hear from you, and, best of all, to hear that you are coming some day and bringing your work.Mrs. Calkins joins me in kindest regards to you and endorses all I have said above, and I amSincerely yours,J. E. Calkins04893
1910 Nov 2
Original letter dimensions: 28.5 x 22 cm.
Calkins, J. E., "Letter from J. E. Calkins to John Muir, 1910 Nov 2." (1910). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5175.
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