Mary Frances Kellogg


John Muir


[4][con-]sideration, it occurred to me again. But the suggestion being made to me that a word from you would help the sale of the book, if published, has kept me putting off asking you, for I did not want that idea to come in at all. My first idea was that a thought from you would be especially in keeping with my aim in writing and illustrating the story, however far short I might have fallen of my goal.When you have seen the book, if you approve of it, perhaps you would be willing to[1][letterhead]Sept. 21, 1912Dear Mr. Muir:Our visit with you at your daughter's home was a memorable close to our stay in San Francisco. And your kindess to us in every way was wonderful. We reached San Francisco in plenty of time to go out to the Y. W. C. A. and pack our things.Every minute of the trip from San Francisco to San Pedro was05277

[2]delightful. I had not the faintest hint of discomfort. And my time was most ideally spent in rereading "My First Summer in the Sierra" and "The Yosemite." How can I thank you for the gift? You have been so good to me. I was glad to find that, much as I had enjoyed my first reading of those books, this time I really seemed to have a deeper insight into the beauty of mountains and flowers and trees, as I read the descriptions again.[3]It was well I did not stay longer, for there was a school notice in my mail to the effect that the High School teachers were requested to be at school as much as possible this week. So I went down the morning after our arrival.I have not yet heard from "Paul Elder & Co."Before the book was finished, I longed to ask you to write a little message for a foreword, but I could not ask you without knowing more of the worth of my work. After it was actually judged worthy of con-

[6]I am intending to go to Church out of doors tomorrow, by taking a tramp with the Sierra Club.Gratefully and affectionatelyyour friend,Mary Frances KelloggSunday evening. How much better than a tramp with the Sierra Club would have been a visit with you! I can't tell you how sorry I am to have missed seeing you. The walk was far longer than I had anticipated, & instead of getting homr by four, as hoped, it was 8.30 nearly.I am very glad you are[7]near us again, and I am going to be presumptuous enough to ask you to come to dinner with me and my cousin on Sunday, at my own little bungalow. I will be in Los Angeles Sunday morning, and will go and bring you back on the car with me.If this were not the first week of school, I should expect to see you this week, but I know I shall not have time to come over for even a flying call.This letter was all directed to Martinez, ready to send you, when I learned you were here.

[5][letterhead]give it a blessing in the form of a few words. I should not want you to consider it at all unless it impresses you as being worthy.William was sick in bed all the time we were in San Francisco, but is up now, and planning to start his school work on Monday with the rest.I shall have my class in Greek, and that, of course, pleases me much.05277


Altadena, Calif.

Date Original

1912 Sep 21


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 1319

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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