John Muir


[John Muir]


[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.

Faithfully yours

Mr A. H. Payson

San Francisco

Dear Sir:-

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


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1902 Nov]


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 17 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0828

Collection Identifier

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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