Charlotte [H. Kellogg]
I am eager to see your Yosemite book, the Atlantic articles have been delightful, so filled with your big heart and your keenest seeing of things. I love your always seeing the funny side too. Vernon says to send his warmest greetings and to say he will visit soon.I want to hear from Helen, must write her as soon as I can. I hop most of the day, but I hop merrily. The university has given Vernon leave from December 1911 till Sept 1912, and he wants to go to the British Museum for part of it & wants us to go. Will you go too, if we make it? The babe sends a big hug and we our warmest love to you.CharlotteCarmel, Thursday25th MayVer dearest friendI'll snatch these few minutes before Charlotte-Jean wakes for her broth to send you our thanks for your letter and our good wishes for the journey which we wish we might be taking with you, not that we want to go to South America with Jean, but that we want to be with you!And I must say the word South lures me. I hope some day, some where to get warm. We05021
have been having the rawest, blowyest May imaginable, though not so raw but that I've had the babe out every day. We plan to go to the Sierras in August, that is if all goes well. I wish it were Sahara instead of Sierra. Arn't the nights terribly cold, especially this year of deep snows?Vernon has written to Mr. Price at Fallen Leaf Lake above Tahoe and we may go there.I have been getting on famously doing all the housework and taking entire care of the babe. We have had unhappy times thelast six days because the upper teeth wont cut through. I might add nights too, but to-day things go better. She seems not to have that nasty pain and is eating, and sleeping just now, as I told you, pink as a peony.I waited a day or two before writing hoping I would have a snap shot of her at ten monmths to send you. But you couldn't find her on it. She wiggled and the result is a blur.Vernon has come for his summer holiday, though I wonder why he calls it that for he began to write forthwith.
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27 cm.
Kellogg, Charlotte H., "Letter from Charlotte [H. Kellogg] to [John Muir], [1911 ?] May 25." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6085.
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