Jesse L. Smith
The Geographic Society of ChicagoJESSE L.SMITH,PRESIDENT POST OFFICE BOX 223OSCAR D.WHALIN.CON SECY. FOUNDED 1894CHICAGO 8/16/09.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, California.My dear Mr. Muir:I have at hand your letter of May 30 last addressed to Dr. George A. Dorsey which was in reply to an invitation he had sent you in behalf of the Chicago Geographic Society to be the guest of the Society at its annual banquet to be given somotime during the coming autumn. During the month of June Dr. Dorsey was assigned to certain duties relating to his special researches in anthropology which will necessitate his absence from Chicago during the next two or three years and he was obliged to resign from the position of President of the Geographic Society. I was elected to succeed Dr. Dorsey in the position and it is in that capacity that I venture to refer once again to the mat ter about which Dr. Dorsey wrote you.May I refer briefly to the work of our Society? The Chicago Geographic Society now has a membership of about five hundred which represents well the educational institutions in and near Chicago as well as the business and professional elements in general of the city The Society has a substantial record of achievement. It has issued four monographs of considerable importance treating of the topography and the natural history of the Chicago region, and a fifth monograph is now in preparation by Dr. Shelford of the University of Chicago.The Society has an endowed medal of which one issue has been04561c/3Chicago8/16/09.
1909 Aug 16
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