[Melville Best] Anderson
Martinez, Dec. 29, 1906Dear Professor OsbornI heartily wish you all a happy New Year, and congratulate you on your election to the Secretaryship of the Smithsonian Institution, also I congratulate you on your firm pluck and good sense in declining the honorWhen I first heard the news I said "a great honor for Osborn and the Institution, well won and well done, but how can he leave his vastflocks and herds outspread over all the Continent" and when I readyour letter to the Chancellor I was glad. May you live long, free and strong, to finish your own great work- a work worthy of grandold Huxley, and believe mefaithfully your friendJohn Muir[Note]Referring to Professor Osborn's explorations and Collection of fossil vertebrates for the American Museum of natural History which began in 1891 03796
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