the name of the great man whose memory we would honor, and honor ourselves in remembering. Let Emerson be fittingly remembered in a public way in San Francisco. If you will come and help us it will be a great occasion - if you do not come - there is no one to take your place.
With cordial regards
March 9 1903.
Dear Mr. Muir:-
As you know the Centennial of Emerson's birth falls this year, on May 25th. and I am planning to celebrate the occasion in some notable way. it is fitting that the celebration should be in the Unitarian Church both because he was a minister of that faith and especially because he was a friend of Starr King and
at the time. If you will come and say a few words about Emerson, any thing you like, we will "make an immortal Emerson night of it", even though we cannot have the sequoias with us.
I know you do not often make public speeches - and I do not ask a speech on this occasion - just a fifteen minute talk; and I urge this not so much in my own name or the name of the Trustees, (of whom our friend Mr. Upham is one) as in
Mr. Stebbins, and has spoken in this very pulpit in San Francisco.
Now my plan is to have a special meeting, a public meeting, on Sunday evening May 24th in the church, and make as much of the occasion as possible. To do that we need especially two men, admirers of Emerson, one of whom, Pres. Jordan, has already consented, with enthusiasm, to speak; and the other, Mr. Muir, who writes so delightfully about Emerson's visit to Yosemite and the impression the great philosopher made upon him. President Wheeler would speak but will be east
1903 Mar 9
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Leavitt, Bradford, "Letter from Bradford Leavitt to John Muir, 1903 Mar 9." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2546.
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