Melville B[est] Anderson


John Muir



Stanford University, 18 May, 1901.

Mr John Muir,


Dear Friend:

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.]

Date Original

1901 May 18


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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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