Anne R. Dickey
sorry to think of you in its deserted halls and feel confident you will lose that wonderful bloom you acquired in South America or South Africa if you remain there and forget to eat properly and be warmed by friendly associations. Sometimes we are called on to bury the past quite out of sight and I hope you will choose wisely at this time and not lose any of your fresh vigor amid musty surroundings. Your friends cannot think of youMy dear Mr Muir,Your uplifting words of encouragement recently received were very precious to Donald and me, and I cannot resist thanking you for them even though I do not expect an answer out of your busy life of letters.I can appreciate your feelings about the old home and how difficult it would be to see others in it, but was05183
in that deserted house.Donald returned recently from San Diego bringing many interesting lumiere photos (in color) of bird and plant life around there. I know you would enjoy this new process which preserves so wonderfully all the color of Natural History specimens. He has left me again for his beloved Ojai where he wants to photograph some special birds during nesting season as he cannot leave his camera out for days here as he can there. I miss him very much but am so thankful he has become so interested in this broad study. If you go a-traveling to Chelon or any point of low altitude, do let us know so we may [tag?] and whenever you are in these parts when Mrs Hooker is [spent?], we should love to have you pitch your tent "at-the-end-of-the-trail" where the Dickey-birds live. I am so proud, we have a pair of flickers nesting under our eaves and
[illegible] on the lower porch, so you will be in good company.I miss Mrs Hooker terribly and dare not think what next winter will be without Ellie but if we have a reunion this summer that will give me a good brace.Were you not very much pleased with Mr Coburn's photo of yourself. We love it. Mrs Hooker's not a success. Mr Willard has been very low for a week but is rallying. It is a strange world, full05183
of suffering and discipline but so full also of God's love and beauty. I prize more and more the right to see and understand, and grateful too for fine, rare friendships such as yours.With all best wishes alwaysAnna R. Dickey.San Rafael HeightsPasadena
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27 cm.
Dickey, Anne R., "Letter from Anne R. Dickey to John Muir, [ca. 1912 May]." (1912). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6283.
Reel 20, Image 1023
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