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
Original letter dimensions unknown.
Anderson, Melville Best, "Letter from Melville B[est] Anderson to John Muir, 1901 May 18." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4417.
Reel 11, Image 0711
Copyright status unknown
Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Stanford University Library Dept. of Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.