Nelson F. Evans
JOHN K. GORE, VICE PRESIDENT AND ACTUARYWILBUR S. JOHNSON, 2D VICE PRES,AND COMPTROLLEREDWARD GRAY, 3D VICE PRESIDENTFORREST F. DRYDEN, PRESIDENTEDWARD D. DUFFIELD, 4TH VICE PRES.AND GENERAL SOLICITORWILLARD I.HAMILTON, SECRETARYC.A FOEHL, MANAGER FOR EASTERN PENNSYLVANIANELSON F. EVANS,SUPT. OF AGENTSORDINARY DEPARTMENTEIGHT FLOOR THE NORTH-AMERICAN BUILDINGPHILADELPHIA, PA.GEORGE B.SPEERASSISTANT SECRETARY June 13,1914. Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Cal.Dear Mr. Muir:The inquiry in your good letter of April 4 in reply to mine of March 10th has awaited an opportunity to refresh my memory about our pioneer Yosemite trip to the top of the North wall in 1870.I have found a diary kept by one of the ladies, whom I afterward married, and with its aid I am able to give you the following facts:My immediate companion on my California trip that summer was Rev. Francis L. Robbins, then Pastor of one of the largest Presbyterian churches in Philadelphia. On the trip to the Calaveras Grove and Yosemite Valley there were with us a part of the time Hon. John Patton, a member of Congress and a banker from Pennsylvania,with his two sons Alexander and John, and Rev. Mark Hopkins, D.D.,President of Williams College, and his wife and daughter, and two ladies placed in my care by Rev. A. L. Stone, Pastor of the First Congregational Church in San Francisco, both from Rockland, Maine,one Miss Lucy Hatch, the other Mrs. Laura Snow Wood, a widow, whom I married a year later.You and I planned the trip to the Three Brothers and the only persons who accompanied us were Mr. Robins, these two ladies and one05774
1914 Jun 13
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