John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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3The reply to this letter was written by Mrs Agassiz in which she told me that when Agassiz read my letter he said excitedly Here is the first man I have ever found who has any adequate conception of glacial action. Also that he told her to say in reply to my invitation that if he should accept it now he could not spend more than six months with me at most. That he would rather go home now but next year he would come & spend all summer with me. But as you know he went home to die.Shortly afterward I came down out of my haunts to Oakland & there met Joseph Le Conte whom I had led to the Lyell Glacier a few months before Agassiz' arrival He (Le Conte) told me that in the course of a conversation with Agassiz on the geology of the Sierra he told him that a young man by the name of Muir studying up thereBancroft Library


Martinez [Calif]

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