John Muir


[John Muir]


[Benjamin Ide] Wheeler


[Mar. 23, 1903]

My dear Mr Wheeler:

I sincerely thank you for your kind painstaking letters & telegrams I yield to none in admiration of our President, a great-hearted lover of his country - the people, the animals, trees & streams, the ground & the sky - an all round strong bold good man. To serve him every plan & interest of my own would of course be promptly pushed aside. But unfortunately I am now bound to others just when most I would rejoice to be


free. Of course I must remain true to my engagement until set free by Professor Sargent
Now that the whole matter is clear & definite I shall immediately place it in Sargent's hands & hope he may be able without seriously deranging his plans, to exchange our engaged berths for others on a steamer sailing a week or two later, & as soon as his reply reaches me it will be forwarded to you.

Faithfully yours

President Benj I. Wheeler

University of California

Berkeley Cal



[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1903 Mar 23]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0324

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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