M. A. Leahy
April 24th 1913
John Muir Esq.
My dear Sir
A few days ago I saw in the Record Herald of Chicago a brief Sketch of John Muir.
As I once knew a John Muir I examined the reference and came to the conclusion that the gentleman referred to was the same John Muir with whom I was acquainted more than fifty years ago at the Wis. University. A vivid recollection of the old days at the University came to me and I felt that I would be delighted to grasp your hand once more and give it a hearty shake.
Fifteen years ago I met Prof Butler at his home in Madison. In the course of our conversation he asked me if I remembered John Muir. I responded that the last things that I would forget would be John Muir and his famous clock and bed
He called my attention to the great work
you had accomplished on the Pacific slope; and the distinguished honors you had won in the realms of natural Science.
I am an old man, friend Muir; The children call me Santa Claus. The sun of my brief day long since passed its meridian is now low down the western sky and will soon set in night. I may never enjoy the pleasure of meeting you again in this world but I hope that when life's journey is ended, we may be permitted to renew our acquaintance in the land of the leal.
I trust this letter will find you enjoying the choicest blessings of life
M. A. Leahy
1913 Apr 24
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Leahy, M. A., "Letter from M. A. Leahy to John Muir, 1913 Apr 24." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3968.
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