Annie K. Bidwell
Field! This must have been an intentional error, as the speech was eloquent and rather long & delivered by a conspicious man. It was added that at next meeting Dr Benjamin is to present the claims of General. And it is imporant that Dr Benjamin have some shot & shell! and my hope is that you can supply some you write Mr. R.U. Johnson a good letter on the topic, have this boldness.
Arm fails me. Love to your family
Yours most heartily,
Annie K. Bidwell
Sister & family [illegible] would send greeting
1711 W St. Washington D.C.
March 3d 1905.
Dear Mr Muir,
My right arm is so lame from neuritis that I can scarce write but I need your help so much (if you can give it) that I must try to write.
Dr Benjamin is to present the claims of General Bidwell for one of the places in Statuary Hall (here) at the next meeting of California residents of this city, and I have to help him. I was asked to present a paper on the subject but of course had to decline. Then Dr Benjamin was chosen, who is a petitioner for General's statue
and he agreed if I would get the material together. He is biographer for Smithsonean Institute but has no proper material for General's claims, nor have I here, what is necessary & can not get it because there is no one who can send me it as I have it so packed in boxes there at home.
If you are willing to do so I would like you to send me a statement, or, better, to Dr Benjamin, to my care, your opinion of General Bidwell's value to California in your own way.
If you do not think
him the proper one for a place in Statuary Hall to represent Cal, do not feel that I will blame you. Mr. Garner of the Forestry Bureau made an eloquent plea for General last [evg?] at the meeting. At close he said, "if we must have two I would add Judge Field, but I think we should have but one and let future generations have a chance. This evening's Star reported the speeches of others correctly but say Mr Garner of Forestry bureau made a speech advocating Judge
1905 Mar 3
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.
Bidwell, Annie K., "Letter from Annie K. Bidwell to John Muir, 1905 Mar 3." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3283.
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