I which be very glad to see a forestry department added to the Univ
But as I know very little almost nothing on [illegible] of Scientific forestry I must decline the honor. You so kindly offer of [illegible] me to the Regents as honorary professor my dear [Dr?] [illegible].
I heartily thank you for wishing to remember me as Hon Prof of Forestry to the Board of Regents of the University. You have I [illegible] me this is a great honor & assure you as it [happily?] [appointment?]
[as?] Cal has the noblist forests in [O?] & I hope & pray you find some on everyway able & [illegible] to touch the peoples [their] values & how to use them without destroying them.
With best wishes and for the University & [admiration?] & respect for the work you have done on [building?] it.
I am very truly yours
Apr. 30. 1899
Dear Mr. Muir:
I should like to nominate you to our Board of Regents, as an "Honorary Professor of Forestry." We have two or three Honorary Professors now: Judge Lindley, who gives a Law course; Mr Schussler, who gives no course, but is asked to
give one or more lectures a year, as may suit him. The same easy requisitions would apply to you!
"Honorary", alas! means without pay - only a [missionary?] work. It might lead, as I should hope it would, to more work and a proper compensation at some future time.
It would, I am sure, gratify us all to see your name in the faculty list. But I must first obtain your consent, which
I trust will not be withheld.
[illegible]. B. I select "forestry" for a title, as that is a topic of growing importance. Of course my results of your rich experience would be acceptable, and educative to our young people.
1899 Apr 30
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.
Kellogg, Martin, "Letter from Martin Kellogg to John Muir, 1899 Apr 30." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2389.
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