Harold French


Harold French


John Muir



in the study of your gospel of nature-love.
According to our mutual regard for the great work you have done, we have honored our children with your name.
On the seventh of March a son was born to us, whom we have named John Muir French - and our daughter, born sixteen months before, we have called Muriel, for we had intended her brother's name for our first born.
I trust that at some time it may be our privilege to meet you, and it is my earnest hope that John Muir French may live to know you many, many years hence.

Very respectfully yours,

Harold French.


3104 Ellis St., Berkeley, April 5, 1904.

Mr John Muir,


I take great pleasure in being introduced to you by mail through the kindness of Mr John Swett. it has never been my pleasure to have known you personally, but as an author, my wife and I have long felt a deep and growing admiration for you.
Your word-pictures are to



us a gallery of nature's masterpieces, that delight many an evening in our home; while your thoughts and pictures are ever sources of ideals and inspiration, as we revel in the mountain-trips such as we are permitted to enjoy.
Close contact with the grandeur of Alaska was my privilege for nearly three years, and now that I have renounced the joys of that matchless wilderness for the pleasant groove of a routine position in the United States Mint, I still have a perennial pleasure


Berkeley [Calif.]

Date Original

1904 Apr 05


Original letter dimensions: 15 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0130

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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