Norman F. Coleman
[letterhead]Jan. 6, 1910.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Cal.Dear Sir,I thank you for your very kind letter. I regret that you could not accept our invitation for next spring. We do not want an experienced lecturer, a fluent talker upon regular topics; and I still have hope that you will visit us, at least to speak to our students. I myself fee as you do, that our campaign for the conservation of wealth needs to be complemented by a campaign for the conservation of beauty. I feel too that our students and teachers, in their academic and professional isolation, need to be taught "lesson not found in book" (to quote Joaqin Miller) by some one who lives in a different way and knows different things, some one whose life is out-of-doors. We know of no one who can do this work better than you. You need not lecture at us, just talk with us. If I seem discourteously importunate, forgive me.I have written to our Senator Jones, who I see is member of the Committee on Public Lands, and have urged him to help save Hetch-Hetchy. I thank you for calling my attention to this possibility of even slight public services.Yours respectfully,Norman F. Coleman04668
Walla Walla, Wash.
1910 Jan 6
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
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