c/o First National Bank
glad to have your letter, but so
sorry to hear of your illness. Yes, I wondered. But
hoped it was because you [were] happily engrossed.
a horrid time you had, Poor dear! O yes, the Maritimes
should be fine for you in May June &c. Or the Catskills,
if not to[o] high (2000 feet) for the heart. Either
place should be very restorative. Am not sure that I
shall not be in the former a short time. Sure to be
in the latter a long time. In case that were appealing
been away from New Canaan since Christmas. Chicago,
Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Saskatoon[,] Vancouver, then
down here in March.1
Long stays in the Universities of Minnesota, Manitoba,
& Saskatchewan, which I hope were successful. Anyhow
they were gratifying. Now a delightful visit prolonged
in this amazing corner of the U.S.
have been out on the desert for one visit and and going
again. That ranks with the sea & the mountains in
lure and wonder & beauty. At least to me. I would
like to go again to Tucson, and Santa Fe [sic], but
cannot manage it this time.
am housed in a charming spanish-y bungalow—all to myself.
Guest of a friend who has another for himself, and a
third for his Filipino boy servant. All in a side-hill
patio, with olive trees, wistaria, eucalyptus, and mocking
birds all night long. Quite magical. An Eveless Eden!
I must go to dinner.
Drove to the Ojai2—the
most lovely valley in California, and heard Krishnamurti
talk,3 in a grove
of noble live-oaks. Three or four hundred seated on
the ground. Loveliest possible setting for such a talk.
Very impressive and fine, and himself very genuine,
young, genial, and handsome.
Never fancy that California can be skipped,
if you want to know America.
The fragrance of the Ojai air is a miracle[.]
One sniff of it, and you are homesick for it forever
Letter 70 n.3 and Letter 75 n.6. [back]
Letter 56 n.7. With the letter, Carman enclosed
a postcard entitled Beautiful Ojai, California
and inscribed "The village is very small as
you see. The valley is incomparable." [back]
Krishnamurti (see Letter 2 n.1 and Letter 5 n.8).