[Melville B.] Anderson
Martinez, Oct. 7, 1901.
Dear professor Anderson;
Shortly after the death of our beloved Catherine Merrill Mrs Moores requested me to contribute something to a memorial volume such as you mention in your letter. I then wrote & sent to Mrs Moores just what you are asking for your sketch - the story of our first acquaintance, her kindness when I was blind, my appreciation of her as a friend, teacher philanthropist & pure lovely noble woman - This I sent to Mrs Moores. What if anything has been done with it I don't know. Miss Graydon could probably get it for you. Mrs Muir & I are delighted with the near view of your visit with Flugel. I have long wanted
o know Flugel, so has my wife. Come as soon as you can after this week Then I'll be at home. Looking forward with great pleasure to your visit I am ever
"Memorials" however sincere are often sadly in need of an able editor.The Catherine Merrill biographical material so rich in scenery history art literature & big warm all-embracing sympathy written as it should be written would be literature, a cheering charming helpful book for everybody instead of one of those colorless monotones of lamentation-stained praise so common nowadays, floating in passing clouds of feeling out of sight of the toiling world. So far as I know you are the only man able to write this book. Do it!
1901 Oct 7
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Melville B.] Anderson, 1901 Oct 7." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4464.
Reel 11, Image 0877
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