M. S. Griswold
cca1900[y?][letterhead]My Dear Old Friend,John Muir:My first impulse was to make my address to you somewhat more formal, putting perhaps an "Esq." or "L.L.D." after your name, but have concluded finally on plain "John Muir" just as Hawitt and I always speak of you. I noticed and of course read with the utmost pleasure, I assure you, your Article in the Atlantic Monthly of this month, recounting some of the experiences of your earlier years, and among those sundry incidents of your life at University, where I became acquainted with you, and I may add also with that dear old [clock?] and its ingenious mechanisms, and with some of the varied functions you would [illegible] it to perform. I have often spoken to my friends about that wonderful [clock?] and the manner in which you brought it into play in kindling the fires at the School House the winter you taught, as that was almost the first thing you told me about, when in the Spring following we both got back to our Studies from our respective Schools. Concerning your observations in the Article referred to, and also suggested in your letter to me of some four years ago, that you took your first lessons in Botany from me, that lesson comes to my mind quite vividly.02819
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