[C. L.] Biedenback
908 [Nov. 1902]
Dear Mr Biedenback
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 distresses me to seem wanting in appreciation of the kindness & honor of your invitation, I must warn you not to count on me. After escaping the common dangers of the wilderness these kind invitations & 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 & give no end of trouble in trying to explain a poor wanderer's woeful inability
to accept them.
Mr A. H. Payson
My studies next year will probably call me again to the Grand Canon, the Petrified Forest of Arizona, the Yucca & Cactus groves at their times of bloom etc, etc along the Sante Fe lines. I would therefore respectfully request an annual pass. Will you kindly forward this request to its proper place & believe me to be faithfully yours
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 17 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to [C. L.] Biedenback, [1902 Nov]." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4786.
Reel 12, Image 0828
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