[Letter (excerpts): To the 'Big Four.' ]


[Letter (excerpts): To the 'Big Four.' ]


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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

Upon returning from the Harriman Alaska Expedition, Muir addressed a letter to the ""Big Four,"" a name he endearingly applied to ""the Misses Mary and Cornelia Harriman, and the Misses Elizabeth Averell and Dorothea Draper, who with Carol and Roland [Harriman] the 'Little two,' kept us all young on the never-to-be-forgotten H.A.E."" As a prologue, the authors use Muir's whimsical description from this letter of various members of the expedition. Muir closes his letter to the ""Girls four"" with the admonition, ""Kill as few of your fellow beings as possible and pursue some branch of natural history at least far enough to see Nature's harmony.""


New York: The Viking Press


pp. ix-x

[Letter (excerpts): To the 'Big Four.' ]



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