Daniel Beard


Dan[iel] Beard


John Muir



YORK [illegible] ITY

87 Bowne Ave.,

Flushing, L . I . , April 2nd, 1907.

My dear Mr. Muir:-

I am writing you in the interests of the boys of America,As you know all normal boys delight in readingof out of door achievements and all boys naturally from themselves into "gangs". Some time ago it occurred to me that we should take advantage of these t[illegible]ndencies and use them for the [illegible] own good. With this purpose in view I have formed a society of boys called the Sons or Daniel Boone.
The society is composed of local branches termed "Forts" ,of which [illegible] already have five hundred, each Fort being a club in itself. The PRESYDENT of a Fort has the title [illegible] DANIEL BOONE;the Secretary, the title of David Crociltt; the Treasure, the title of Kit[illegible]Carson; the Librarian, the title of Audubon; the Fores[illegible]r, the title of Simon Kenton.

Mr. Roosevelt has very kindly selected a feat or achievenment as follows for the Roosevelt Top Notch: "A deed of heroism and daring, (not necessarily for the saving of life, but in which life saving may be incidental) ; as, for instabce, in protecting women and children fr[illegible] injury and abuse; saving property from fire and


THE SONS OF DANIEL BOONEBRANCH OFCLUB OF CLUBS11 EAST 24 TH STREETNEW YORK CITYflood, or in times of riot or standing up [illegible] noted bully or rough, when the interests of peaceable [illegible] demands it; and so forth, and so forth.
You being a particular out-door here, the President [illegible] self endorsed your name as being the one eminently proper for [illegible]Notch for the society. I have accordingly enclosed some suggestions for the deed necessary to win the John Muir Top Notch.
I will consider it a personal favor if you will kindly select the one you would like best to be known by your name. This will please the [illegible] immensely and stimulates them to worthy acts and deeds.
If you will give your early attention to this so that [illegible] may [illegible] in a position to send [illegible] list of Top Notches to the different Forts scattered [illegible] the [illegible] States and Canada, you will conser a great faver on me.
Any suggestion or amendment you [illegible] offer for your Notch will be glade adopte[illegible]
It may interest you to know that the only other Top Notches proposed are the Roosevelt Notch, the Dewey Notch, the General Bell Notch, the Buffalo Bill Notch, and the Mark Twain Notch.

Sincerely yours,



Flushing, L.I.

Date Original

1907 Apr 2


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0705

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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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