M. Amelia Foshay


John Muir


[Los Angeles], October 31, 1910.Our dear John Muir:This is Miss Foshay again. Do you know teachers well enough to understand that, when they believe themselves on the right track for the young people who come daily to them, they persist even to the point of importuning?Now I feel our children's desires so intensely that they work themselves out into one great longing in me that you will reconsider your statement on the 'phone a few moments ago and decide that you will spare us an hour during this visit to Los Angeles -- ("the present only is ours," you know) just one hour from the time you leave Mr. Hooker's until we return you there -- and let us do you the honor and the homage that is in our hearts to show you. You say that other schools will appeal to you; but you belong to no other school as you do to us; for six years you have been our John of the Mountains.If you wish it we will ask nothing more of you than to come to us,--we will send an auto for you -- just be with us while we raise and unfurl our new flags in your presence, look into the faces of our boys and girls as they pass to their classrooms and let them look into yours, meet our teachers and a few of our fine, loyal mothers, and perhaps one of the "little four" who wrote you a letter so long ago, which you so graciously answered, making you ours indeed.I want our children to be interested in your charming books; I want at least one in every library: there is no more effective way to secure that interest than for them to see and know the writer, to have the feeling of personal, contact which even a little visit from you would insure.Can you not reconsider, and telephone me at 72831 that you will do the thing for which we plead?Most sincerely yours,M. Amelia Foshay.[Envelope addressed Mr. John Muir, Care Mr. John D. Hooker. 325 West Adams Street, Los Angeles, Cal. Marked "answered Mar. 8"].04891


[Los Angeles]

Date Original

1910 Oct 31


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 19, Image 0908

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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