[Charles F. Lummis]


John Muir


Feb.28, 1908Dear Mr. Muir:-Next to the man who is overworked with clipping coupons, my sympathy goes out to you for your over-time in signing checks for worthy causes—one of which I am glad to have in hand at present.I will directly fix up a beautiful and variegated series of receipts; projecting you into a blissful future of paid-upness in various things which you are quite right in backing. I shall not cancell your name in any of these things ; partly because its a good name which we rather like to see on our tablets ; and partly because by the time these duesare lived out, you will have recovered from this writer's cramp; will have cut off some of the loss worthy another.I am maighty glad that Helen is better. Give the child our love. My oldest boy was drowned the other day; but we brought him to life after fifteen minutes hard work and he is now as good as ever—and much better than ever in his standing with his dad—for he made the finest fight I ever saw anyone make. Think of a slender eight year old swimming nine minutes in a fierce northwester five miled out at sea! Mrs. Lummis is recovering slowly from pneumonia; and I have a whole hospotal on hand besides. I am sorry that you have been so injudicious as to dally with the grip. Almost any fool can have that just as well as you can. Why don't you devote your energies to those things which very few fools can do as well as you do?With love from all of us and all good wishes,Always Your Friend,


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Date Original

1908 Feb 28


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Reel 17, Image 0227

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Owning Institution

Braun Research Library, Autry National Center for the American West, Los Angeles, CA. ID Numbers: MS.1.1.3221A Charles F. Lummis/Mr. John Muir Correspondence 1895-1905; and MS.1.1.3221B Charles F. Lummis/Mr. John Muir Correspondence 1906-1913. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.


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