Emma A. Myrick


Emma A. Myrick


John Muir



2345 Broadway -

San Francisco, Jan. 7, 1894,

Dear Mr. Muir -

When you were with us last summer, did you not say, through the Sierra Club, you would get a law before the Legislature to protect the singing birds of California?
I understand so, and have started a petition with that understanding. There is a Mr. Flint of the Town and Country or Sportsman Club who is a member of the Legislature this term, who has something of the kind in hand. Would it be too much trouble for you to write to him at Sacramento, or to his home San Juan, San Benito [leo?], and see what he has in hand?


You know they are shooting our Parks, and killing them for a dollar a dozen, and it really is dreadful. We hardly ever hear one now in our valley.
My petition runs this way: "A Petition for laws to protect the Singing Birds of Califorinia; the Lark, Oriole, Wild Canary, Robin, Gold Finch, Virio (is that spelled correctly?) Ring Dove, and mocking Bird." Is it correct? I have just started it this week, but find everyone, so far, very glad to sign.
Now I hope I am not asking you too much to take the trouble to help in this matter. I know your name, and the influence of the Sierra Club will be of value.



While I am about it, I am going to ask for something more. Will you write one half a dozen of your autographs, rather far apart, so I can paste them in your new book, several copies of which, I want to send to friends East?
It will give a personal flavor to the volumes, and add to the pleasure of the gift. When you come down, which I hope will be soon, I shall have you write in my own copy, which Mr. Myrick, and I are going to enjoy some of these long winter evenings.
I was so glad to see The Water Ouzel in it, but I have not been able to read a word yet, as we want to read it together. I hope you are hammering out some more gems. I wish you


would give us a study of Yama pais. I am growing very much attached to it, as I look at it from any dining-room window. Come down and look at it with us.

Sincerely your friend,

Emma A. Myrick.

Mrs. M.H. Myrick



…San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original



Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13.5 cm.

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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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