F. B. Perkins
San Sorenzo 3/15/92
John Muir Esq
My dear Sir
You have long ago forgotten me, but the brief interview I once enjoyed with you has ever since lived as one of my most treasured memories. It was in the year 1875, & in the Yosemite Valley. I was one of an editorial party of Eastern tourist. We were at Blacks Hotel; you were there on Saturday afternoon; &, late in the evening, I sat with you on the seat fronting the Yosemite fall, & listened while you told me of mountaineering [illegible]es, of the “Little Yosemite”, which you had
recently discovered; the same I think which you, last year, described in the Century - & of other interesting but little known spots. You told me of the view from Glacier Point as [indicating?] the results of glacial action, which I afterwards noted for myself. You told me of the earthquake & the fall of masses from Sentinel Rock, & of many other facts which I have treasured ever since. Specially [illegible] your description of the water oisel(?) which has run in my mind through all these years – a poem in prose. I remember how you invited me to join you in your tour the next day, which I cd. not do. And ever after I felt that
that night marked an era in my life & whatever from the pen of John Muir has fallen under my eye, I have read with a very peculiar interest. It was only a few weeks since that I learned that you are still in California & living at Martinez. I too am now at home here, & pastor of a little church in San Sorenzo. In connection with my work we are now having a course of lectures. My friend Mr [Geo. Dickie?] has already given one on the “Modern Steamship” & is to speak again on the “Modern Warship”. Mr E. M. D. Johnstone also is to lecture on his recent trip to “Mexico. Pres.
Jordan & Prof Barnard are the others. You see the point to which I am coming. Will Mr Muir crown it all with a lecture on address or a talk, formal or informal, on some mountaineering experience, or region, or subject, of which he is our prophet? I shall count it, as we all shall, a thing to be remembered for a life time, with joy & gratitude. May I ask you to reply as soon as may be convenient, & to say yes to this rather presumptuous request, from an unknown but already greatly indebted friend
F. B. Perkins
Pastor Union Christian Ch.
San Lorenzo, [Calif]
1892 Mar 15
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13.5 cm.
Perkins, F B., "Letter from F. B. Perkins to John Muir, 1892 Mar 15." (1892). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 151.
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