John Muir


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hopeful naturalist, many pets, ring doves, rats, etc. Virginia is at boarding school a fine pure active Christian family. More driving and sauntering. Tulip, yel orange. [Nov 4]. All go to West Point in carriage to see football game on parade ground between Princeton and West Point teams; result a tie, five to five, tremendous excitement, a manly game but hissed on to extravagant lengths; many injured. [Nov 5th]. Write letters; whole family go to church, then drive. Yesterday Prof O delivered lecture on paleontology at church. It was well illustrated with lantern slides. Several visitors, an Episcopal clergyman, sadly comfortably hide - bound, a bright young man and two girls who went to ball at West Point. [Nov 6th]. Go to NY with Prof O and his mother and brother Will, a lawyer and fine fellow; lunched at his grand house on hill. Has bright wife and young family, is interested in farms and forests. The mother an interesting and pious and charitable woman of excellent judgment. Arrived at Johnson’s in time to go down town with him. Saw Hobson, capital fellow, is writing here. Lunched at Players. Tesla from 9 to 12:30 and Hobson, who came in late, happy that Maria Theresa might be saved. Went down town with Tesla and wired Washington for permission to go to Cat Island; and try wh he received. Tesla talked of his invention for blowing up ships; was again photo’ed. [Nov 7th]. Election day; lunched with Gilders and Johnson and Hobson and Mrs. Van Rensselaer; latter handsome, good writer. After lunch Mrs. Van R took me to

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