Creator

John Muir

Creator

John Muir

Recipient

[Marcus] Benjamin

Transcription

Dr Benjamin

Wash D.C.

Dear Sir:

Of all the Californians I know General Bidwell in my opinion best deserves a place in Statuary Hall. From first to last of his long career he was our most conspicuous & enthusiastic leader in the making of this State. Taking part in commercial, political & military affairs, establishing schools & churches, building roads etc. In particular he was a great farmer. The greatest of this West In the early days while others riddled the Sierra gulches in a wild storm of energy & the whole atmosphere peoples & all seemed yellow with gold dust, he proved & made known the far greater wealth of the soil, plowing, sowing, planting, making innumerable experiments with all sorts of grains & fruits for everybody's benefit.
That Bidwell was not the only man to strike roots & grow high & broad in the mighty work goes without saying but he has alwasy been in sight as a patriarch of the old style,

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steadfast upright, towering in massive grandeur of character amid his fellow pioneers like a Sequoia amid its companion firs & pines. And so I think his name will stand in history - a benevolent master builder - the Washington of California.

Washington of California.

faithfully your

Martinez, California, April 10/05.

Dr. Benjamin,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:-

Of all the Californians T know General Bidwell in my opinion, best deserves a place in Statuary Hall'. Form first to last of his long career he was our most conspicuous and enthusiastic leader in making the State; taking part in commercial, political and military affairs, building roads etc In particular he was a great farmer, the greatest of the West. In the early days while others riddled the Sierra gulches in a wild storm of energy, and the whole atmosphere people and all seemed yellow with gold-dust, he proved and made known the far greater wealth of the soil, plowing, sowing, planting, making innumerable experiments with all sorts of grains and fruits for everybody's benifit.
That Bidwell was not the only man to strike root and grow high and broad in the mighty west goes without saying; but he has always been in sight as a patriarch of the old style, steadfast, upright, towering in massive grandeur of character amid his fellow pioneers like a Sequoia amid its companion firs and pines. And so I think his name will stand in history -- a benevolent master builder -- the
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Location

Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1905 Apr 9

Source

Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir15_0366-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 15, Image 0366

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date

1984

Pages

2 pages

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