William D. Armes
We did this with the idea that you could make the remarks as full or as brief as you pleased, a mere word of welcome to members and guests or an account of your own experiences in the mountains years ago. I hope, however, the spirit will move you to speak somewhat at length, for our programme is unfortunately short. Mr. [Sibly?] was unable just at present to prepare a paper on Mt. Hood, and the time was too short to get anyone in his place. I hope that we have a large attendance and that everything will go off well, for I think this first meeting is of very great importance to us. And a meeting of the Sierra Club without John Muir would be like Hamlet with Hamlet left out!
Yours very truly,
Wm. D. Armes.
I can not be with you this evening. Best wishes
Sept. 13, 1892.
My dear Mr. Muir,
Mr. Price told me yesterday of your desire to have the meeting of next Friday postponed if possible, but as the hall and lantern were engaged and the printing done it seemed impossible to postpone it. Not having heard from you, I thought, as no objection was made to that date when it was proposed at the last meeting of the Board of Directors that it would be satisfactory to you. Mr. Price says that it is questionable whether you can come down: I hope you will make a strong effort to do so, for it would detract very greatly from our first meeting were you to be absent. Mr. [Olney?] is still away I believe, so that you are really needed to do the little presiding that is necessary, mainly to announce the different speakers. You will notice that the committee has put you down for Introductory Remarks.
University of California Berkeley
1892 Sep 13
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.
Armes, William D., "Letter from William D. Armes to John Muir, 1892 Sep 13." (1892). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 195.
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