Jany 28, 1908
My Dear Friend:
Your kindly greeting by card was very grateful to me. I note your name occasionally in the papers. Once, perhaps two years ago, with keen regret that you were reported dangerously ill. I trust that you recovery has been complete.
I am doing some very congenial work for the public just now which this letter head discloses. This will be mailed from Des Moines when I am just closing a two weeks stay delving among old archives and old newspapers and interviewing old citizens. For there are no official records on file of Iowa soldiers in the Mexican war, and very little of her territorial militia. I expect in the interest of the work, to visit Madison, Wis., and lay tribute on the ample stones of the Wisconsin Historical Society. It will be my first visit since I left the room in the old North Dormitory in June 1861. I think I can pick it out easily enough
and also yours on the first floor, first door to the right of the north entrance. But I will not attempt the trip until pleasant weather comes in the spring. I wish that I could meet you there, and Fuller, Goldsworthy, Mathewson, Holt, Charles Vilas and others of the "old boys." I understand that Tutor J.B. Parkinson is still connected with the University and that he is now Vice President. I hope so, and that I shall be able to see him.
I am not forming plans with any great confidence however. I have a veiled warning from my medical advisor that I need not expect to be a very old man. I feel in a hurry to get some more of my work done. Am looking forward with considerable hope that I may spend next winter in California. If so I trust that I may have the good fortune of a visit with you,
Very Sincerely Yours
Mr. John Muir
1908 Jan 27
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Reid, Harvey, "Letter from Harvey Reid to [John Muir], 1908 Jan 27." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5256.
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