Harry O. Knerr


Harry O. Knerr


John Muir


[1]Allentown, Pa., Mar. 15/09.Mr John MuirMartinez ValleyCalif.My Dear Sir-:It gives me great pleasure to address you informally as I have always cherished the highest regards for the great scientist and nature lover of the west.Like John Burroughs on the Hudson, your life was devoted almost entirely to natural research and discovery. You gave to the world the first scientific knowledge of the region along the Pacific slope. You evolved that theory that the Yosemite Valley was scooped out by glacial erosion and you proved it in the face of all the wise men of the century.It is interesting to know that you discovered the largest glacier on the continent in Alaska and that your work of investigation is still going on.When Theodore Roosevelt made his04457 [2]trip to the Rockies and Sierras he chose you as his companion, not for the sake of pleasure alone but for the knowledge that was in store for him concerning that region so vividly described in your books.As a young man I send you greetings of love and esteem and pray that your good work may continue.In conclusion allow me to ask you for your autograph. I have collected a popular series including John Burroughs, Joaquin Miller, Edwin Markham, and others.Thanking you in advance.I remainYours SincerelyHarry O. Knerr.04457


Allentown, Pa.

Date Original

1909 Mar 15


Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0306

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