John Muir



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This was Muir's first lecture. He began with an apology, saying that he "ventured upon the lecture with trepidation . . . was not gifted in delivery, and was not certain that he should not utterly fail." This introduction had a dismal effect upon the audience; however, as soon as he began to talk, his informal entertaining style, as well as his field experience and study of his subject, captivated his audience. With the aid of drawings on a blackboard, he discussed the work of glaciers, particularly the ones in the Sierra that he had discovered and measured. After an hour and a half he concluded his lecture, but his enthusiastic listeners insisted he continue.


Sacramento Daily Record, Sacramento Daily Union


p. 5, col. 1

The Glaciers of California. Interesting Lecture by John Muir-Literary Institute Course.



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