Charlotte [H. Kellogg]
The Carmel Christmas days are cold and brilliant. Someday I am really going where I can be warm day after day after sunshiny day. Are you in that kind of country now?I wrote to Helen some time ago, but have not heard from her. I hope that she & her babe and Wanda and her babes are having happy holidays.Be wise and careful of your strength, dear lover of rivers and skies and trees. We want to see you strong when you come back.We shall be here again about August. And you? Jean sends you a big hug and a kiss. We are going to fix a little tree for her to-night. She says heaps of words and walks nicely if we hold one hand.Much love from us all.CharlotteCarmel, 24th DecemberDearest friend of oursOur greeting comes to you late because we have been in the midst of quarantines and fumigations and general difficulties these last two weeks.The day we were to start for London, the good nurse with whom Jean was to stay here in this little cabin to avoid a shutin London winter, came down with Erysipelas. Vernon had already left for S. F., but my brother caught him at the station. I quarantined the house, put in a trained nurse and doctor and bundled my precious off to Oakland to mother's. Since then we have been waiting to see that Mrs. C.05134
was perfectly all right. We have gotten a house for her around the corner, where she is now up and nearly well, have fumigated these premises, and are trying to get a much needed rest before braving the January Atlantic.We expect to leave N. Y. now on the 24th, on the Lapland, at this time our precious baby goes along, even though we hate to take her away from Carmel for six months even. But she is fat and strong, and we hope will not suffer too much from the big city. We shall try to live as far outside it as possible.V. L. K. is in front of the firegoing over proof of a little book he wrote hurriedly this fall to prove that if we knew anything about biology we shouldn't shoot each other to pieces in battles any more. He sends you cordial greetings and best wishes for your every happiness in the New Year.Where are you now? And how are you? We think and wonder so often. We have your splendid letter of September twentieth from Para, and love wandering between the bossy banks of the Amazon with you. Do send us another, or at least a card as soon as you can. our address will be care of American Express Company Haymarket London
Original letter dimensions: 17 x 29.5 cm.
Kellogg, Charlotte H., "Letter from Charlotte [H. Kellogg] to [John Muir], [1911 ?] Dec 24." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6204.
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