BLANCHE TRASK TO CHARLES LUMMIS:
Letter of March 13, 1904

compiled by
Robert Roy van de Hoek
December 2000


Avalon, California
March 13, '04

Mr. Lummis

The "office matter" - is
merely like the rules which
apply to other writers to be
used in my case also -
at all times and not omitted.

As to the pieces - I often
think your best days were
those speechless one in
which you only sang! The piece
always sings yet all its
tears undesired!

Still - I applaud many
times when "The Lion" roars.

Very Truely - B.T.


OBSERVATIONS OF A NATURALIST
by
Robert Roy van de Hoek
December 2000

Blanche Trask, poet-explorer-naturalist, did most of her California wild nature exploration and writing on the Channel Islands of Southern California. She was a resident of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in Los Angeles County, California from 1895 to 1915 (20 Years). Her winter home was located next to the Tuna Club in Avalon, but she also had a summer home at the Isthmus where the Institute of Environmental Studies of USC is currently located. She corresponded with professors and scientists at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, the Smithsonian, and at the California Academy of Sciences in San Franciso. She also corresponded with Charles Lummis, editor of the Land of Sunshine, a literary magazine.

Blanche Trask wrote this letter on March 13, 1904, and it is after several of her poems and prose articles had already been published by Charles Lummis. The above narrative and letter was written and compiled by Robert Roy van de Hoek for educational purposes in recognition of the 96th year anniversary of this letter being written.

The original letter is on file at the Southwest Museum of Los Angeles in the Charles Lummis Manuscript Collection (MS.1) under the correspondence: Blanche Trask, 1899-1905, Folder Number MS.1.1.4366. I thank the Southwest Museum for their assistance in archiving the letters and for help in finding the letters.

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