Margaret Collier Graham - in a letter to her publisher
I was born in 1850, but this is only hearsay and I hope exaggerated. I have lived ever since though I have been half dead at times. I have lived a good deal and have found it on the whole interesting. I have lived in California since 1876 and have in consequence no desire to go to heaven.
I have been in love and debt many times but have always got out. I am afraid of nothing but the newspapers. I have found one thing worthwhile: friends. And I deeply regret that I have not been able to give the world as much pleasure as it has given me.