William R. Thayer
June 27, 1896
My Dear Sir:
It is our custom to print sketches of the recipient of honorary derees each year: and, to ensure accuracy, we ask these gentlemen to furnish the necessary biographical data. I shall be much obliged, therefore, if you will send as soon as possible an account of yourself, covering, among other points (1) date and place of birth; (2) education; (3) profession or occupation; (4) publications; (5) degrees or titles received, etc.
I take pleasure in mailing to you a copy of the magazine in which the last year's sketches will give you an idea of the length and form usually adopted.
I am, Sir,
Wm. R. Thayer
To Prof. John Muir.
July 7, I have only today found out your address. I trust that this will reach you promptly, & that you can reply at once.
June 28, 1896.
My dear Johnson.
I reached Portage in time for mothers funeral & all was done under the the most satisfactory auspices. Mother was beautiful in life & death & she suffered little or not at all, the natural sleep of weariness gradually deepening into the sleep of death. It was very fortunate that I was called east & so was led to her side when she
most longed to see me You have been my good angel, & have fairly crowded & compacted the days in New York with good things [illegible], Burroughs, Osbornes & best of all Yourself.
Heaven bless you.
I hope to meet Sargent at Chicago on July 3d Am now trying to comfort my sisters & settling business affairs. Remember me to Mrs. Johnson.
[in margin: Mr R.U. Johnson
Century Editorial Rooms
1896 Jun 27
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.
Thayer, William R., "Letter from William R. Thayer to John Muir, 1896 Jun 27." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 788.
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