John Muir


John Muir


[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell


[stamped: Bidwell Papers Bancroft Library]

1419 Taylor St S. F. Feb 13th 1878

Dear Mr Bidwell,

Your letter of the 9th [ alt?] is received. I see by Sallies note that our estimate of Prof G’[illegible] was a pretty correct one, But I will not make any further use of Gray’s exposure of him. For however peruicious & deplorable the effects of unfaithful teaching, it is best opposed & controverted by a patient presentation of the truth, rather than by pursuing & giving battle to individual [ humbeys?]. Life is too short to waste in hunting such poor game, the boundaries of the humbey field are being steadily contracted by increase of [underlined: Light], & lovers of truth have nothing to fear. Your sister sent me a birch bark canoe through the post office. She calls it Jumper No 3. it came laden with flowers & altogether forms one of the daintiest conceits you ever saw. Here is a photograph from a negative taken a year ago. Watkins made me sit for another negative, & I will send you a copy from it in a week or two. I am going to see Tahoe & its snowy shows this week. I want a run on snowshoes & a bath in the Keen chaste beauty of that fountain water. Will probably go up Saturday & stay a week or ten days. What do you think of that? With warm regards to the General I am ever cordially yrs John Muir.


1419 Taylor St., S[an] F[rancisco]

Date Original

1878 Feb 13


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0716

Collection Identifier

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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