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I went to wildest Maine5 June 7th and got home
only yesterday. My letters awaited me here, so you had no word
formfromme. As I went direct
to Portland6 via New York7, I didn’t go near you. I had a glorious
time with Fremstad8 and when I left her
dropped down in Mary Jewett’s9
garden10 for a few days to recover and get
rested. While I was in Fremstad’s camp11 we
did things every mortal minute except when we were
asleep, and even then I dreamed hard. She fished as if she had no other means of
getting food; cleaned all the fish, swam like a walrus, rowed, tramped, cooked,
watered her garden. I was not much more than an audience—very little help, but it
was the grandest show of human vigor and grace I’ve ever watched. I feel as if I’d
lived for a long while with the wife of the Dying Gladiator in her husky husky prime, in deep German forests.
I think Thornton Oakley12 is a really big man.
He once did some wonderful things of Pittsburgh2 and the mills. He’s never commonplace. An illustrated
book on Provence13 would have more “drive” in
the market of a motor-mad world, than a book of essays; surely. And Scribners are
the best people to handle such a book. I should think you could have an absolute
unity of treatment throughout the book, and at the end insert several historical studies for such as
cared would care for them,—among whom I am one.
The new review14 sounds promising. I wish we had something of that sort.
I am struggling to clear my desk and cannot more than salute you now. I shall be starting for the west soon, I fancy. I stayed in Maine longer than I meant to and now must begin to move rapidly. Miss McClung15 sends her greetings. She will probably go to Italy16 when I go to Wyoming17. I’ll let you know when I go and where. I’ve got to have a run out there before I do much more work.In haste, yours W. Miss Elizabeth Sergeant1 4 Hawthorn Road Brookline3 Mass. PITTSBURGH, PA2 JUN 23 1914 5-PM