C[harles] W[alter] Carruth


John Muir


[3]engaged our attention would very much like to have the pleasure and honor of putting your name on its list of Honorary Members, and as a Director of the Club. I wish that you would authorize me to present your name in this way. Prof Henry Morse Stephens and two others are the only names on the list at present. There are no fees nor duties connected with this membership--but, if sometimes we might have an informal talk from you on your travels or any phase of your work, we would appreciate it highly.Trusting that I may have the pleasure of meeting you during the coming summer, and thanking you most sincerely for your interst in my humble self and family, I remainYours, enthusiasticallyC W Carruth[1]Oakland, May 31, 1912Dear Mr. Muir:I was delighted to receive your letter of a recent date, and to know that you are feeling so well after your return from the "Quest of the Araucaria" and the search for other arboreal and floral wonders. We followed the meagre reports that were published from time to time of your travels with much interest. What a splendid time you must have had!Your letter begins with such a delicious figure that it is worth waiting a year for "a talus of letters a year high." The naturalist, the 05204

[2]mountaineer, and the prose (but not prosy) poet are all in evidence in the phrase.With regard to the Book Shower: we should all have been honored could you have been with us. Miss Coolbrith will appreciate you can send her as much now as she would on that occasion--only, if you could take it to her in person it would be worth so much more to her. I am sure that a grip of your hand would give her more pleasure than a thousand books, as much as she loves your handiwork. Her address is 1067 Broadway, San Francisco. Take the Union St. Car (the Presidio line), get off at Jones St, climb the craggy ascent to Green St. and walk two blocks to Broadway, then half a block eastward.The Carruths are fairly well as a family. Mrs. C's health has not been so good the past year as for several years previously, but Irma and Will have both enjoyed the best of health and I am always well. Irma is teaching in the Oakland Manual Training & Com'l High School and Will has just finished his musical work at Yale, and will be at home soon to remain we trust. I am going with the Sierra Club for their Summer trip, and have wondered whether I should have the pleasure of meeting you during the outing.The California Writers' Club, the Poets' Section of which tendered Miss Coolbrith the Shower which has


Oakland [Calif.]

Date Original

1912 May 31


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 27 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 1019

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