AnsweredNew Harmony, Ind.May 3, 1910.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Calif.Dear Mr. Muir, Enclosed is a statement written by Earl Lyon, which he delivered at the planting of a tree on Arbor Day April 28. These are the exact words of his original copy, and was written without suggestion as to thoughts to be given. The class was asked to name our tree and to write why we named it John Muir. This was the best and he gave it as an address at the Arbor Day Program.Earl is eleven years of age and in the sixth year. He is the son of a widow who works diligently to have sufficient means to keep him in school. We are all very sure that she will have her reward from this boy for this is the kind of work he does in all his school work.04755
The class joins me in sending our very kindest wishes and thanking you for your noble thoughts given in writing. Wishing you many happy days with your brethren of the Yosemite, I am,Yours sincerely,Stella Boyle,New Harmony,Indiana.04755
AnsweredJohn MuirWhy give all the glory to great men who are dead when there are many great men on earth who deserve honor? John Muir, a noted explorer and writer, has revealed many facts unknown before in nature and in honor of him we plant a tree giving it his name. May this tree be as good a teacher to us as the trees of Alaska, Yosemite and Yellowstone have been to him.04755
New Harmony, Ind.
1910 May 3
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.
Boyle, Stella, "Letter from Stella Boyle to John Muir, 1910 May 3." (1910). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4999.
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