Katharine M[errill] Graydon
thankful one is for shelter & warmth!
I am busy and weary from top to toe, and when these pesky Sunday talks are over, I want to come up. That was a sweet day you all gave to Mrs. Bettis and to me - how much it was to her I am sure you can not realize - and I want to come soon again.
Goodnight. With love to all,
Katharine M. Graydon.
November 28, 1896.
Nov 23 96
Dear Mr. Muir,
Yesterday I had a talk with a dear friend here, Mrs. Nash (do you remember her bright eyes that evening here?), who cares much to publish a little thing she has done with all her heart for wee creatures whom she loves and had made much study of. Above all things she would like to have the Century Co. publish it in book form, for the very youngest children, "three-year-olds," for whom it is written.
It is being very prettily illustrated, [but?] I have consented to send this manuscript to you and to ask you to read it (can you come down to the [lady] mind?), and, if there seems any worth to it, to write a letter to Mr. Johnson to accompany it. I have said "consented," in fact, I suggested writing to you and asking this. I would not ask so much for myself, but for dear Mrs. Nash I can do it. Tell me in a letter just what you think, you will not hurt my feelings - and help Mrs. Nash if you can.
Of course you will recognize just what it is, and that there is some art to it. Prof. Bradley says it is "admirable," Prof. Foster that it is a "classic," Please return the MSS. to me with a personal note, and if you should be willing to speak to Mr. Johnson, enclose a letter which I may hand to Mrs. Nash.
Mr. Keeler has just returned, radiant with meeting the liberals of N. Y. & Boston face to face. Mr. Johnson, it [seems?] was most cordial. I wonder how you all are this blustering night. How
1896 Nov 23
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.
Graydon, Katharine Merrill, "Letter from Katharine M[errill] Graydon to John Muir, 1896 Nov 23." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 864.
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