Henry Fairfield Osborn


John Muir


AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORYNEW YORKOFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT25 September, 1911My dear Mr. Muir:On our return from the West I found your most welcome letter of August 29th from Para, Brazil. After I left Mrs. Osborn in Glacier Park I had an inspiring trip down the Red Deer River two hundred and fifty miles in a small boat, observing the geological formations closely and collecting fossils. This journey enables me to plan for work two years ahead for our collecting parties, and I feel sure that we have a wonderful field for Upper Cretaceous life.I have been back a week now, and am fairly started with the continuation of my Titanothere Monograph. I have broken so many promises regarding this monograph that I feel in honor bound now to finish it before I do anything else. This was my principal reason for not joining you on your wonderful trip in South America.We are delighted that you are in good health, and that you feel compensated already for your journey.05110

While in Glacier Park I read Thoreau religiously owing to your praise of his writing, but I do not think he compares to a certain friend of ours, John Muir by name, for a moment. He is too much of an egotist, and also diverts the attention too often to trifles; in fact, I am bitterly disappointed in Thoreau, both as a man and as a writer, and feel more indebted to you every day.You will be happy to hear that all the family are well. Mrs. Osborn is quite made over by the trip. Fairfield is with us, and we are all vastly enjoying getting together again.Always affectionately and faithfully yours,[Illegible]Mr. John Muir.[Illegible]05110


New York

Date Original

1911 Sep 25


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 17 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0651

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