Joseph C. Pickard


John Muir



February 9th 1900

Dr John Muir
Martinez - Cal.

Dear Sir,

I have more reason to remember you than you can have for keeping my name in memory. For since you came to me in the State Fairgrounds with your clocks & asked for a place to set them, I have had great personal interest in your fortunes. It was in Madison, Wisconsin, but I am not sure of the year - was it 1860? I had charge of what was called the "Department of the Fine Arts", and of the large building on the hill which afterwards was a military hospital. I knew you as a student in the University & as a teacher of a district schools. Henry Butler & my [son?] Charles [little?]


fellows were indebted to you for many kindnesses, & do not forget you. [in margin: 322?] Will you kindly tell me the year of your first coming to the Wis. State Fair & when you entered the University? Also - whether you were employed at Prairie du Chien for a time by Norman [illegible]d? and later - after leaving the University went to Fort Wayne, &, having been [injured?] thence went to California? I am not preparing an article for publication, but I have been asked by a Ladies' Club to talk about you. My work in the University preceded & followed the years you were there. Of the old time Faculty only Dr Butler & I are left, he still as vigorous of mind as ever. The Carrs - you must know all about them The Doctor dead & Mrs Carr pitifully unbalanced, broken down by her [sores?], I am told. Such is the latest news I have had from [Pasadena?] where I had a sister residing. Pardon me if I am intruding, please, and count me as an old friend and well-wisher.

Joseph C. Pickard


Maywood, Ill.

Date Original

1900 Feb 9


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 11, Image 0069

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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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