John Muir


John Muir


[J. E.] Calkins


Martinez, March 7, 1908

Dear Mr Calkins:

I'm sorry that my sadly mixed affairs should have had so discouraging an influence on your own, & caused you to write so many long letters. Illness & business have prevented me from doing any literary work since last I saw you, [not?] if Mrs Calkins & yourself had been here all winter could I have furnished you with a single hour's work.
I can't compose when my children are dangerously sick or when I am sick or bothered by business, & even when all is tranquil none is able to help me compose, but only to take down a first rough draft from dictation & to put in type after all the real work is done. I am getting

better & hope to get into the mountains to recuperate. I may never return to this old home to stay as I have about completed a trade that will relieve Helen & I of the Vineyards In any case she will be away a couple of years. When I'll be able for literary work I can't tell, but I may bring a piece of work to Los Angeles & try working with you in your home as you proposed, while at the same time you could take advantaqge of anything attractive to you that offered. I usually finish what I begin, but in the last four years every literary plan has been interrupted about as soon as work on it is fairly under way & no friend however kind is able to help in such troubles.

faithfully yours

John Muir



Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1908 Mar 7


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0275

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