Horace H. Walters


John Muir


Chicago Dec. 16/1898

John Muir

Martinez Cal.

My dear Sir

Your kind letter of 9th was in yesterday. Many thanks for the same. I assure you that we will try to place it where it will do the birds "the most good". Yet I am free to state that, while we greatly need funds, I had much rather have rec. an article from your pen. We shall hope for the latter, after your "rush" is somewhat over. We have formed an organization of two, to try to do something for the birds. Miss Grove is one of the class of assistant editors, who work for an assistants salary, yet do all the work of the Editor in Chief - who spends most of his time in travel and addressing conventions: etc. The Epworth Herald is an organ of the Epworth League, and has a subscriptine list of over 115,000. Please accept the gratitude of Miss Grove - to whom I reported your generosity. We hope to obtain a consider


able amt of fresh and original literature in favor or bird preservation - and relating to birds: this matter we propose to set up in "proof" shape, and send these proofs to a large number of news and syndicate papers - so as to secure a circulation of two or three million copies. This is an idea of a "campaign of education." Then we shall try to reach farmers through the [illegible] and "home", as well as religious papers; also the state legislatures, as far as may be, in order to try to influence favorable legislation. Bills are now pending in Congress, favorable to birds. Where there is a vast number of [illegible] and other societies - farmer's, women's, and other sorts of clubs - schools both secular and religious, and many other organizations which can be "marked" in favor of birds. This is the idea - but the laborers (as well as the funds) are few. However, if we can get a start, I hope both the workers and the cash, will be more plenty.
Hoping you many yet favor us with an article, and secure other writers for us, I remain, with the compliments of the season

Horace H. Walters

357 W. Van Buren




Date Original

1898 Dec 16


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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