Bade, William Frederic


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Waitsfield, Vermont Jan. 23, ‘23 My dear Dr. Badé, A recent letter from Miss Anne Sawyer brought me the message from you, and I feel that I owe you an apology. I did receive a letter from you and I felt that I had really nothing of value to offer, and in a letter to Anna I asked her if she would not explain to you in person. She replied that she would. I am [ ] interested in your undertaking and should be glad to be of any possible assistance. I believe that there has never been, in the annals of natural history a master with creator as John Muir – himself just one of his “fellow mortals.” Burroughs, with whom he is most often compared seems like the curious observer rather than the nature lover. One can’t conceive of John Muir’s taking a gun and shooting the hermit thrush emerging from a garden near his cabin, to see if its mate would come to the spot – or that the inside of its beak was yellow. And even W. H. Hudson whom writings I read with pleasure


Waitsfield, Vermont

Date Original

January 1923

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Resource Identifier

MSS048 Va.10

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