Dr. K. Keck
Aistershaim Upper Au[illegible] May 18 1876.
Mr John Muir,
Dear Sir, Your favor of April 17 came to hand. Though refusing my proposal not being able to comply with my wishes you wrote so cordially that I feel encouraged to address you an other demand. It is your compatriot Mr. McLean ruggist, [ corner?] of Stockton and Elle Street, San Francisco, who [illegible] me, [ some?] years ago, to exchange [illegible]cal specimens with him. I accepted with pleasure his propo- sal and sent to him a fine col- lection of 800 species through the Smithsonian Institution. But though I wrote to him two or three letters I never heard a word from him. He did not
even acknowledge the receipt of the plants. You will highly oblige me, dear Sir, by giving notice in two lines whether Mr. McLean is dead or what may be the motive of his silence. If it is out of his power to fulfil his promise he should at least apologize himself. I hope you will not be angry with me that I trouble you for affairs which are nothing to you, but I have no acquaintance in your town to apply to, and the consul of my country, to whom I wrote about this matter has not answered, too. Believe me always [illegible] to do you every service in return. Very Truly Yours D K. Keck
Aistershaim, Upper Austria
1876 May 18
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Keck, Dr. K., "Letter from Dr. K. Keck to John Muir, 1876 May 18." (1876). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 345.
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