I have "kidnapped" you as my beloved friend, and as such do I wish to thank you for the great pleasure your writings have given me and my good friends—Your gracious letter came some days ago which was appreciated very much, and this morning I read the two books I had sent to you — autographed - La Manda Park, Cal.Jan. 10th 1914.John Muir,Martinez, Cal.Beloved Friend:Truly as such you seem to me. I have wandered all over the grandest mountains, into the deepest, most beautiful valleys, stayed long in the deep grand old woods, and05673
loitered and strayed at leisure in the beautiful flower gardens of God's own planting - with you gently holding my hand and leading me all the way; pointing out all the little, fragrant beauties of our many flowering meadows, and causing "shivers" to chaseup and down my back in showing me the wonderful chasms and heights.Through "Our National Parks" have I had some of my most delightful trips through your eyes - also have I felt the frozen north and balmy south land straying with you as guide and most pleasing companion - Therefore
your health as Calif - or the U. S. cannot afford to loose you.Hoping some time to have the pleasure of seeing you again I am gratefullyyour devoted friend(Mrs. J. L.) Augusta Ackinson.making four with the two you so generously sent to me - I feel rich indeed! I had wanted more than the two but dared not ask so much. I am very grateful to you.I had always thought you a wonderful man but after reading your life, I almost hold you in awe - and am thankful05673
I had adopted you previously — or I might have been afraid to have done so now.All my life have I wished to go on the tramps in which you have taken me in your books, but could not, so you can realize some what the satisfaction your writings have given me - thank you.I have a nice large flock of quail - we counted 108 the last rainy day. feeding under the live oak in front of our door. They stay in our trees all the time -, and are very much at home here -I trust you are well and will remain so - was sorry to know you had such a cold - take care of
La Manda Park, Calif.
1914 Jan 10
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.
Ackinson, Augusta, "Letter from Augusta Ackinson to John Muir, 1914 Jan 10." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6462.
Reel 22, Image 0049
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