John Muir


[Marcus] Benjamin


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Dr BenjaminWash D.C.Dear Sir:Of all the Californians I know General Bidwell in my opinion best deserves a place in Statuary Hall. From first to last of his long career he was our most conspicuous & enthusiastic leader in the making of this State. Taking part in commercial, political & military affairs, establishing schools & churches, building roads etc. In particular he was a great farmer. The greatest of this West In the early days while others riddled the Sierra gulches in a wild storm of energy & the whole atmosphere peoples & all seemed yellow with gold dust, he proved & made known the far greater wealth of the soil, plowing, sowing, planting, making innumerable experiments with all sorts of grains & fruits for everybody's benefit.That Bidwell was not the only man to strike roots & grow high & broad in the mighty work goes without saying but he has alwasy been in sight as a patriarch of the old style,03556steadfast upright, towering in massive grandeur of character amid his fellow pioneers like a Sequoia amid its companion firs & pines. And so I think his name will stand in history - a benevolent master builder - the Washington of California.


Martinez [Calif.]

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1905-04-09 00:00


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14 cm.

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