Eliza S. Hendricks
for the advanced chapters in the Century. I very much enjoyed a series of letters you once wrote for the San [Yo?] Examiner upon Alaska. Do you remember a Mrs. Wells and her husband whom you met the evening we spent at Mrs. Graydon's You will be sorry to hear that she lost her husband last summer. She is very sad. She was much pleased to meet you, and was much interested in your talk that evening. I think your book will do her good.
The kind remarks you penned in your last letter regarding our home, were very gratifying to all. My brother, and his wife send kindest regards. When are you coming again? I have written you a long letter. I hope I have not wearied you.
Very sincerely your friend
Eliza S. Hendricks.
611 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis March 1, 94
My Dear Mr. Muir:
Many thanks for the prompt and most friendly reply to my letter; and many very many for the book. I was very much pleased to receive it. I had read it, although I did not own it. Mrs. Graydon had two copies--one a Xmas gift--and she very kindly sent me one of them for me to read; and when I had read it I felt that I must have a copy of my own. Is there not a peculiar atmosphere--a flavor--about a book received at the hand of the author, which is not quite there
when it comes from the book-seller's shelf? Whether or not, your sending it gave me pleasure. It showed rembrance. The inscription on the fly leaf pleased me too. I am glad you cherish pleasing memories of my brother William. You lost a steadfast friend when he passed away. My Chico brother and his family are fond of you. I wish, in some of your wanderings you might look in upon them once more. I attended a reception this week, given by a lady in honor of her mother, an old citizen. There I met Mrs. Graydon, Mrs. Moores and that precious piece of porcelain-Miss Kate. Shall we ever see her like again? Mrs. Moores spoke of Janet's pleasure at receiving your book, also hers in reading a delightful letter from you. Janet is
very happy to be at home, and I think that time and cheerful environment, will work entire physical and mental restoration. She is just recovering form an attack of Grippe. How rich you are in the affectionate admiration of that interesting family group.
Are you perfectly sure my dear friend that Douglas squirrals do like Scotch balleds, but scamper when the good old hymn is whistled? That is as good as any "fish story" I ever read. We were speaking of it yesterday at dinner. I told my brother that I would not believe it if it had not come from a truthful man. Do not think that I doubt it for a moment however. I believe, all that you state as fact. I am glad you are writing another book. I shall look
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Hendricks, Eliza S., "Letter from Eliza S. Hendricks to John Muir, 1894 Mar 1." (1894). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6826.
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