John Muir


John Muir


[Melville Best] Anderson


Heartiest congratulations my dear Professor Anderson on your revels in Dante Land. With love & best wishes for the New Year. from your faithful friend

John Muir

Martinez, California

Dec. 29, 1906

Martinez, Dec. 29, 1906

Dear Professor Osborn

I heartily wish you all a happy New Year, and congratulate you on your election to the Secretaryship of the Smithsonian Institution, also I congratulate you on your firm pluck and good sense in declining the honor
When I first heard the news I said "a great honor for Osborn and the Institution, well won and well done, but how can he leave his vastflocks and herds outspread over all the Continent" and when I readyour letter to the Chancellor I was glad. May you live long, free and strong, to finish your own great work- a work worthy of grandold Huxley, and believe me

faithfully your friend

John Muir

[Note]Referring to Professor Osborn's explorations and Collection of fossil vertebrates for the American Museum of natural History which began in 1891



Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1906 Dec 29


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Reel 16, Image 0479

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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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