[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Special49Martinez, June 3. 1896My dear Johnson.I telegraphed you Monday that I would be with you about June 20 to receive the Harvard baptism you have prepared for me. Heavens, what an honor for a tramp & how it surprises & escites me. You must have done an appalling lot of work to bring this about_Now more than ever I must sing "my love for Harvard. From the very beginning of my studies it was Harvard men who first hailed & cheered me? Emerson Agasaiz Gray. & now Sargent Eliot & R. U. J. Century even in California the Harvard alumni were the first to honor me. Yes strange to say I would escape this formal honor if I could without hurting my friends & my influence for good. But it seems I can't & so Ill be with you & gladly do what I can to manifest appreciation of this honor ( have had the Grippe & several coughs & colds that require icy exurcions rather than exciting ceremonies, therefore I'm run down & nervous. However I'll face the fine music & look to you to see me through. Ever YoursJohn MuirBancroft Library
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