William Kent


William Kent


John Muir


[letterhead]Nov 3d 1908My dear Mr MuirYour letter curls me all up. I am very far from being the nickel plated angel. I have tried to see clearly and talk straight, but have blundered & stubbed my toes and sprained my ankles and have acquired many enemies who should have been my friends. At the same time whenever I get the blues I remember the defiant, cussed, cheerful attitude of Kipling's soldier man in "For to Admire""I paid my price for finding outNor ever grudged the price I paid,But sat in Clink, without my boots,Admirin' 'ow the world was made."As for you with your gentle strong philosophy of life, with your appreciation and practice of "living and letting live" and with your real inspired knowledge of what is worth04314 [letterhead]while in this complicated scale of existence, you fill me with envy and despair.For I am a pugnacious, meat-eating barbarian, over fond of food and drink and excitement and the philosophic balance which is a matter of course to you comes very hard to me.I dont write much because I dont know much. I think a great deal but am shy on definite facts.Anyhow I've had a life of it, and whatever comes next I'm ready for it, for which "The Lord be thankit."You must get in with our "American Magazine" outfit. Phillips, Miss Tarbell "Dooley" Dunne, Baker and Wm Allen White. They are your people. Cant you get in some stuff for them.YoursWilliam Kent04314


Kentfield, Calif.

Date Original

1908 Nov 3


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0979

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