Cha[rle]s F. Lummis
Apr 23 1912Dear Young Uncle John:[in margin: Gen 3174](Old U.J. is the name of Slabsides) [John Burrough's home in N Y State]Quinn read me this morning that you have returned from another of your youthful gaddings & are going to sit down awhile. Hooray! You must have had a bully time; but I'm glad you have come back. I think you are too young to by globe-trotting.
2[in margin: Gen 3174]And I'm glad you are going to be in reach. There is a Lynch court just waiting for a chance at you!Excuse pencil--it's my only [safe?] [fist?] now. I've been blind over 9 months - it's that long since I've seen even my boys face or any other of God's pictures. But I know nearly everybody by voice, & took my 273rd blind shave
today (no "safety," & not a nick yet): & I'm happy & working hard as ever, & better work: & Quinn leads me everywhere I need to go (took me all over the mesas & canons [diacritic] of N Mex). And in spite of my advance age, Im Bully.I hope you'll come out & see me soon. Which of the little girls is it here - Helen or Wanda. I wish you'd bring
4her along. I think it is nearly [7?] years ago since all three of you were here.I send you the last photo I ever made--10 days before my eyes quit & because I knew they were going to.With love & all good wishAlways your FriendChas. F. Lummis
JOHN MUIR COMESHERE TO TAKE RESTFamous Naturalist, Now 74Years Old, Visiting DaughterAfter Years of Research[Herald?] --- APR 23 1912After a year's successful investigation in the jungles and forests of South America, John Muir, California's famous naturalist, explorer and author, arrived in Los Angeles yesterday and was welcomed by his daughter, Mrs. A. [illegible] Funk of 233 Formosa avenue, Hollywood, where he will hereafter make his [come?].For the special purpose of familiaring himself with three rare species [illegible] tree and plant life, the naturalist, who celebrated his 74th birthday Sunday, has traveled 25,000 miles through Africa and South America.The explorer and naturalist says, [however?], that he is how ready to rest [and?] visit with his daughter after undergoing so many dangers and [hardships?].
1912 Apr 23
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Lummis, Charles F., "Letter from Cha[rle]s F. Lummis to John Muir, 1912 Apr 23." (1912). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6249.
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