W. A. Meane
Dec. 16, 1913.
Mr. John Muir,
My dear Mr. Muir:
It is hardly likely that you will remember a boy of sixteen or seventeen to whom you granted the privilege of the use of your room in the University of Wisconsin during noon hour. Even if I mention my name, Will Mears, it may not revive any memories; still, I have the pleasantiest memories of you and have watched your career all these years. I tried twice to meet you in San Francisco, but without success. I have read your books, and have only lately finished your last book of "Reminiscences" I remember well your clock, the apparatus attached to your study desk which pushed the necessary book out, when the hour forth study of it came around, also the [illegible] Which tipped up your bed at the proper hour in the morning, and all the other contrivances and contraptions05633
you had so cunningly and skillfully made with your own hands.
I appreciate, perhaps, more than others the struggle you had to get through college, and also appreciate the great mark you have made in the world. I am now sixty-four years old and you must be over seventy. I have just lost my wife, which causes me to revert to my early days.
The University of Wisconsin has grown, as you have grown, and is now a great institution, as you are a great man, - known all over the world. I extend to you my felicitations on your climbing up the ladder of fame.
I wish you the compliments of the approaching holidays, and trust I may hear from you.
Kindly give me your San Francisco address when you are there, so I may make another effort to visit you when I am in that city.
With kindest regards, I remain,
[illegible]802 Central Bldg.,
1913 Dec 16
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.
Meane, W. A., "Letter from W. A. Meane to John Muir, 1913 Dec 16." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4188.
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