Julius C. Birge
December 1, 1913.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, California.My dear Mr, Muir:-Your valued favor of November 22nd is received, and I take pleasure in mailing to you a copy of the book referred to. I was almost tempted to wait a week or two, at which time I would have been able to mail you a copy of the second edition, but that is not material. I do, however, enclose with the book a Foreword with my picture sent as a proof, and it is the only material change to be made.If you have a copy of one of your books which you could conveniently mail to me with your signature in it, I would highly appreciate it, chiefly because of the signature, and will promptly remit for the same. I remember reading your book, "Our National Parks", but do not think I have any in my library except your last book on your "Boyhood Bays In Wisconsin"; so either book would serve my purpose.My impression is that you were born in 1838, and if so, are a year older than I am.Charles Birge, to whom you refer, was my cousin and died many years ago in Iowa, leaving a widow still in Whitewater and a son, who is now an architect in New York City.Pitt Cravath, as you may have learned, committed suicide in a dramatic manner at his home in Whitewater many years ago. He shut himself in a tight room and, I believe, started a charcoal fire and remained until poisoned with the gases, and during the time that this process was going on wrote as long as possible concerning05321
St. Louis, Mo.
1913 Dec 1
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