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John Muir


[26 May 1910]Mr. John Muir,-Dear Sir:-My apology for sending the enclosed letters to you is the keen interest my pupils have felt in your book, and my desire that their interest in "John Muir" and our wonderful country shall be a lasting one.I am told that you are at present in Pasadena - if so - and you could possibly answer in person- I am sure no greater pleasure could be given these children or their teacher.Very sincerely yours,Their Teacher-03767 (1)

Los Angeles, Cal.,Sixth Grade, Hoover SchoolMay 26, 1910.My Dear Mr. Muir;The teacher has just finished reading your book "Stickeen" to us. This was the second time I had heard it, and like it very muchI am not asking you for another book, although I would like to have one, but about Stickeen. I would like to know why you did not bring Stickeen to California with you, so your readers could see him too.Your interested reader,James T. Boyle04767 (11)

Los Angeles Cal.,Sixth Grade, Hoover St. School, May 26, 1910.Dear Mr. Muir:-Our teacher has just finished reading your book "Stikeen" to us and we were very much interested in it. We asked our teacher if she knew why Stikeen's master didn't give him to you as you were so much attached to him. The class suggested many things but as we were not able to find out we decided to write to you. If it is convenient for you will you please tell us why?Your interested readerEsther Crandall04767 (10)

Los Angeles, Calif.,6th grade, Hoover St. School,May 26, 1910.My Dear Mr. Muir:Our teacher has just finished reading your book "Stickeen" to us and we enjoyed it very much. We were very anxious to see if the dog would get across the bridge and thought it wonderful the way he did it, especially the last part of it. We liked the whole book and the way he jumped the crevasses without taking much attention of them.We were surprised that you didn't take him with you. We could not find other way so we thought we would write a letter to you and try to find out that way.Yours respectfully,Earl Demond.04767 (3)

Los Angeles, California.,sixth Grade Hoover St. School,May 26, 1910Dear Mr. Muir:Our teacher has just finished reading us your book "Stickeen" and we liked it very much. We are all very glad you got over the crevasse all right and also glad that Stickeen did too. There has been a great deal of guessing to why you did'nt bring Stickeen with you as he liked you so much so we have decided to write you and ask you why. Would you please write us and tell us, if you have time.Yours Respectfully,Reginald Fisher.04767 (4)

Los Angeles, California.Sixth Grade Hoover St. S,May 26, 1910.Dear Mr. Muir - Teacher read us "Stickeen," and we enjoyed it very much.We all wondered why you did not take Stickeen with you, after you had become so attatched to him.There was much guessing as to the reason, so we decided to write and see if you would please tell us why.Would you please write and tell us if it is not too much trouble.Yours trulyJesse Gray.P.S. I had a very small dog that answered the discription of Stickeen, "to a dot", but it was not04767 (7)

Stickeen, as I got him when he was a puppy.His name was Joe.

Sixth Grade, Hoover St. School,Los Angeles, Cal.,May. 26, 1910.My Dear Mr Muir:We are very much interesting of your book "Stikeen", which was our teacher has been reading for us, and just through with the story at few week ago. We were very sorry about the lost of Stikeen and wounder why you did not take him with you. if he was so acquainted and be loved with you. We are curious to know why. Will you be so king to write us about it when you have a time?Your respectfullyMasal Kitagawa04767 (2)

Los Angeles California.Sixth Grade, Hoover St. School,May. 26, 1910.Dear Mr. Muir,— Our teacher has just finished your story of "Stickeen". The first thing that the children asked after she had finished was, "Why didn't Stickeen's master give the dog to Mr. Muir since they was so attached to each other". There being no way of finding out except by asking you I thought I would ask of you. If not inconvenient please write in answer to this letter to Hoover St. School, Los Angeles California.Your's respectfully,Wilbur Parker.04767 (8)

Los Angeles Cal.,Sixth GradeHoover St. Sch.May. 23, 1910.Dear Mr. Muir:At school when we have spare time our teacher reads to us. We have just finished your book "Stickeen", we all enjoyed it so much.I think he was a pretty brave dog to go over that big crevass. I am writing to you because I would like to know why you did not bring him to California with you.Since he became so attached to you and you to him I think his master would been glad to give him to you. I was sorry that he was stolen. If you had of taken him he would not have been stolen.If you are not to busy will you kindly answer. I remain yourfaithful readerViolet Phillips.04767 (6)

Los Angeles, Cal.,Sixth Grade Hoover St. SchoolMay. 26, 1910.My dear friend Mr. Muir.We have finished the book "Stikeen", and I am sure the class enjoyed it very much. We were wondering why you did not bring Stikeen to California with you. We would like to know very much. Would you kindly write us a short note and tell us. He was so fond of you, I am very sorry he got lost.Yours respectfullyMuriel Swan.04767 (9)

Los Angeles Cal.,Sixth Grade, Hoover St. School,May 26, 1910.My Dear Mr. Muir:Our teacher just finished reading Stickeen to us and we were all very much interested in it. We think Stickeen was a wonderful dog but we do not see why his master did not give him to you because he was so fond of you. We were very sorry that he got lost. Would you mind sending us a short letter if it is not to much trouble telling us why you did not take him with you.Yours respectfully,Hadassah Thomas.04767 (5)


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Original letter dimensions: 25 x 16 cm.

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