Melville B[est] Anderson
Stanford University, 18 May, 1901.
Mr John Muir,
Here is a good fellow who wishes to draw you for McClure's Magazine, the owners and promoters of which are former students of mine and honorable men. I tell him that very likely you may wine at the ordeal. In the good old times they used to draw and quarter: Now most of them draw without quarter. I do not wish to be implicated in the plot, and I have warned Mr
Baker that, if he writes you[r?] life, you may revenge it in the way Dr. Johnson threatened Boswell. But I could not refuse the request of my friend, Mr Baker's employer, to give the latter an introduction to you. - This reminds me that, a number of years ago, Mr S. S. McClure invited me to be your showman. Have I not title to your gratitude for refraining? And after rejecting McClure's
allurement, could I do less than I am now doing for him? Trusting that I shall have your forgiveness and that you will not feel obliged to resort to physical violence with Mr Baker, I am
Always cordially yours,
Melville B. Anderson
Satanford University [Calif.]
1901 May 18
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Anderson, Melville Best, "Letter from Melville B[est] Anderson to John Muir, 1901 May 18." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4417.
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