Edith Simonds


Edith Simonds


John Muir


[2]delightful visit with you and we only regretted that it had to be so short.The grapes that you so kindly gave us have been such a treat all week and we thank you one and[1]1330 [illegible]ce St. - Berkeley.My dear Mr. Muir:-I am sending to you the pictures we took of you at your lovely home on Sunday last. It was such a04371 [3]all, all over again, for your kindness to us on Sunday.We have been thinking of you all alone in that big house and we all happened to think of a mutual friend that might fulfill your requirements in many ways. Charlie Keeler has promised to write you full particulars about the lad so I will only mention him with the hope that you will [5]of many wonderful works - symphonies, songs etc. His entire life work in manuscript form was burned in the San Francisco fire and a few charred remains are in my care with the hopes of having them copied some day.[4]allow him an interview with you at least.Hen[illegible] Holmes is the young man's name, son of the late Henry Holmes who was an artist of the first rank on the violin, as well as a composer04371 [6]Mr Holmes died some three years ago and left a widow, who, poor little soul, is now all crippled with rheumatism and depends for support on her [twin?] [sons?]. One son is a cellist at a cafe in S.F. with a paltry salary and the son we mention to you, Henit, has been without any employment for many many months. He has purchased a first class typewriter and learnt to use it to fine advantage (I enclose also a small sample of his work() - and so he [7]may possibly find favor in your sight. The two boys have had bachelor quarters on a cattle ranch in Arizona for many years, so he will be a fine companion without the aid of a servant.Dear Mr. Muir, for your [8]good sake I hope he may pass [muster?] should you care to at least try him - and the advantage to him and his mother would be beyond expression. He make no success in the commercial field, being no salesman and hating office work, so may [we?] have hopes!Thanking you again for the lovely visit of Thursday and with kindest greetings from the Simonds and the little [flower?]-[lover?] believe me to be,Most gratefully yours,Edith SimondsWednesday [illegible].04371


Berkeley [Calif.]

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Original letter dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

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Reel 18, Image 1043

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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