M. Amelia Foshay


John Muir


Los Angeles, California,

September 16, 1904.

Mr. John Muir,

Martinez, California.

Our dear Mr. Muir:

How can we thank you for the delight you afford us, we of the little 24th Street School, by your gracious answer to our feeble but sincere letters of last April! I wish you could know what a pride we take in the fact that a great man has given us so much of his time and of himself, and what an uplift an attention like this means to us who are older than the children we direct and who consequently appreciate more



what a treasure is such an autograph letter. We are planning to frame it in panels for our office, and near it to place your portrait, if we can obtain a suitable one.
With all respect I say it, - you are indeed the parton saint of our school, honored alike by teachers and pupils. The little tree planted as a monument to you last spring, even through this long, hot Southern California summer, has grown and strengthened as if it felt that great things are expected of it.
Now that you have paid us so kind an attention, I shall venture upon your time another moment to submit to you the little dedicatory speech that was learned by our Lillian Sexton for the tree-planting occasion, that you may



imagine the heartiness with which the class responded to the "call to worship", a spirit awakened in them through a study of your life and work and of "Our National Parks".
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"We will adjourn to the grounds and hoist our bonny flag to add zest to our attempts to plant a tree - the tree which above all others is California's, - the sequoia, or redwood. And to her famous naturalist, John Muir, who urges us by all the powers of his pen to seek the woods and mountains, we dedicate it."
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One who is forever gratefully yours,

M. Amelia Foshay.



Los Angeles

Date Original

1904 Sep 16


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 17 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0532

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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