July 18, 1911My dear friend,When my beloved husband passed away, I asked Frank to send you a telegram, notifying you of the sad news, but have just learned from him that he05082
neighther telegraphed nor wrote. I am much grieved about this, for both Col. Sellers and I, considered you our nearest and dearest friend and it saddens me to know that you heard of this great sorrow from strangers. I have just
returned from Chicago, where I went to lay my husband away, and am now in this lonely house where everything reminds me of the past.Sometimes I feel that my burden of sorrow is too great for me to bear, and that I must leave everything here and go away. But going away, would not make me forget. I wonder if time can ever change me, so that I can see even one small ray of light. I am not quite sure yet, wheth- [wheth-]er I will remain in Pasadena, or go back, to Chicago. Frank is here now on business, but will return home in a few days. My niece, Lilian Hancock, whom you met here last summer, is with me, and will stay until my decision is
made. She is a comfort to me and tries in many ways to lighten my burden. I wrote to Helen to ask her where I could reach you, and received a nice letter in return.Col. Sellers some time ago ordered a copy of my brother's (Dr. Jo-
seph Lane Hancock) book for you, and one for Mr. Burroughs, and was so anxious to have your opinion of it. Now that he is gone, I shall send it to you in his name, and hope you can say something in its favor If you can, it will afford my brother much pleasure, and you know how much I will appreciate it.Dr. Hancock's address is Lakeside, Berrien County, Michigan. I am very, very sorry to hear that you are
to sail for South America so soon, or at all, for you were not well when I last saw you, and such a long trip is quite an undertaking.However as you have decided to go, I wish you a pleasant and enjoyable trip05082
time you will send a message from that far off land.Sincerely your friendFay H. SellersPasadena July 18-11Any mail sent here will always reach me.and trust it will not be long ere we see you back again. I will send the book to-morrow and trust it will reach you before you leave. So now, God speed you on your journey, and perhaps some
1911 Jul 18
Original letter dimensions: 13.5 x 22.5 cm.
Sellers, Fay H., "Letter from Fay H.Sellers to John Muir, 1911 Jul 18." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6148.
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