[Page 1]  Mr. John Muir Kind Friend Please excuse me in addressing you as such, but I feel so very well-acquainted with you hearing my dear friend Wanda speak so often of you. Wanda and I were dear friends at Miss Heads School. After my leaving school I organized a Club among the young people on this Island. We have only ten members, still our motto is Progress. At every meeting I generally read some good book and I always tell them [Page 2] some anecdote. The last one was one which Wanda related to me of Mr. James Russell Lowells visit to you in the Northern Region and how you prevented the talkative woman bothering you. We are now taking a collection of letters from Californias most beloved men. Your letter will be the very first and I hope I will not be troubling you to much. I being President of the Progressive Bouldin Club have taken this liberty begging to receive a few lines from you. After hearing from you
our Club shall certainly dive deeper into Literature and read your beautiful descriptions of the Birds that inhabit the Yosemite Valley and your many other interesting books. I, myself will greatly appreciate a letter written to our Club as an encouragement, for I am working heart and soul for its success. My only consolation is ΓÇ£All large things are begun on small scales.ΓÇ¥ With the kindest of wishes to Wanda Miss Helen, Mrs. Muir and yourself. Believe me Yours most gratefully Olga Zeller (Formerley of Miss Heads) Bouldin Island San Joaquin Co.,Calif. President of the Progressive Bouldin Club
Bouldin Island, Calif.
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24 cm.
Zeller, Olga, "Letter from Olga Zeller to John Muir [1905?]" (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3462.
MSS 048 John Muir Papers
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