John Muir


John Muir


[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

faithfully Yours

John Muir

"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!



Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1901 Oct 7


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0877

Collection Identifier

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

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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