A. Ross Matheson


John Muir




March 22, 1902

Dear Dr Muir

It seems like a fairy tale to read of your adventures and learn of your travels. You have realized the fullness of your youthful desires - not dreams. You have been crowned with [honor?] you have richly earned, and you have added to the [illegible] of human knowledge and human happiness This has doubtless been at the sacrifice of ease and comfort and has called for much self denial privation and suffering The sturdy scotch character and will know not failure. it is victory or death you [owe much?] to the circumstances of your birth in the land of the blue bell and heather. I congratulate you on the proud distinction you have achieved and I am glad that K knew you away back in the years of your youth I am pleased to learn that you have a family to lighten your cares and make your life joyous at that period when the toils of life are less arduous



I have not done very much in the literary line. I have been too busy with the active duties of professional life. I now regret that I did not do more, but I have written a number of magazine articles viz Cerebro Spinal meningitis. Epedemic in New York. "Aphasia" "Injuries to brain," "Typhoid Fever, "Hydrophobia" "Intestinal obstruction" "Puerperal Eclampsia," "Ectopic Gestation". Placenta previa" "Pregnancy and Cardiac lesions." Myoma and other tumors, "Pneumonia," Report of Pneumonia and pleurisy in Methodist-Episcopal Hospital", St Giles Disease" [Two years?] report of Typhoid fever in Methodist Episcopal Hospital, Various reports of [illegible], etc etc." This is but a small expression of the experience and work of a busy physician & surgeon during a period of more than thirty years. it however represents much labor for I am not a ready writer, I presume if I had written much more it would have been less difficult . If your picture which you sent me represents you as you appear to day you have not changed


so much as I have. I will send you a photograph taken of me by my son up on the farm last spring. it is a fairly good picture for a snap shot I have not had any photos taken excepting snap shots for at least 10 years I was very much interested in what you said about your brother I would like to meet him again we had a [dinner?] in New York a few weeks ago and about 300 graduates from Ann Arbor were in attendance. President Angel was there also [Dear Vaughan?] of the Medical Department. [This?] university of Michigan is well represented here I have a letter to Mr Forest [Towl?] of this city for you Mr [Towl?] is a Civil Engineer in the [illegible]ly of the Standard oil Co. he is a graduate of Co[illegible]] also studied at the School of Technology at Troy




He informed me that he intended to [have?] a pumping station at Martinez and I [illegible] I should like to have him meet my old friend John Muir Mr Towl is an excellent character clea[illegible] honorable and [manly?] and is held in very high esteem by the R[illegible] He is missed here as he is superintendent of one of the large sunday schools Well I must not fatigue you [this?] t[illegible]. Let me hear from you

sincerely yours

A Ross Matheson


Brookly, N. Y.

Date Original

1902 Mar 22


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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

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



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