[ca 26 Jun 1911]II went to New Haven Tuesday morning the 20th, was warmly welcomed and entertained by Professor Phelps and taken[His degree Yale]to the ball game in the afternoon. Though at first a little nervous, especially about the approaching honorary degree ceremony I quickly caught the glow of the Yale enthusiasm. Never before have I seen or heard anything just like it the alumni assembled in classes from all the country were arrayed in wildly colored uniforms, and the way they rejoiced and made merry, capered and danced, sang and yelled, marched and ran doubled quadrupled octupled is utterly indescribable Autumn leaves in whirlwinds are staid and dignified in comparison.Then came memorable
Wednesday when we donned our radiant academic robes and marched to the great hall where the degrees were conferred shining like crow-blackbirds. I was given perhaps the best seat on the platform and when my name was called I arose with a grand air, shook my massive academic plumes into finest fluting folds as became the occasion, stepped forward in awful majesty and stood rigid & solemn, like an ancient Sequoia while the orator poured praise on the honored wanderer's head, and in this heroic attitude I think I had better leave him.Here is what the orator said. Pass it on to Helen at Doggett.My love to all who love youFaithfully affectionatelyJohn Muir
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Katharine] Hooker, [1911 Jun 26]." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6115.
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