John Muir


John Muir


[Charles L.] Biedenbach


Martinez, Cal.
Nov. 24, 1902.

Dear Mr. Biedenbach:

Rest assured I shall be with you December 1st if I can possibly find a way through the confounded tangle of obligations that holds me here. I see no opening however as yet, or anything that promises one, therefore, much as it destresses me to seem wanting in appreciation of the Kindness and honor of your invitation, I must warn you not to count on me.
After escaping the common dangers of the wilderness, these kind invitations and honors of civilization are like to be the death of me, for from some strange mysterious cause they come flying about me thick as snowflakes and give no end of sore trouble in crying to explain apoor wanderer's inability to accept them.

Faithfully Yours



Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1902 Nov 24


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0815

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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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