Edwin H. Abbot


Edwin H. Abbot


John Muir


to write it myself, I hope this fiends Professor Herrick of Chicago University (just arrived from Europe) who was Philip's College Chum, and companion in his Mexico town and the ascent of W. [Dana?] and the mountains about Yo Semite will furnish you a really excellent meeting. He not only has been on the most intimate terms of friendship, and knew Philip better than almost anybody else, but is himself so skilled a writer, that he can give you what is worth the subject as well as your proceedings. If this will not be


Cambridge, Mass.


September 19, 1896.

John Muir, Esq.

San Francisco, California

Dear Mr. Muir,

Accidents have prevented my earlier reply to the suggestions of Gen.l Abbot of your wish for an account of my son, Philip Stanley Abbot, for the proceedings of the Sierra Club of San Francisco, of which I now learn Philip was a member. Thinking it best not



too late, I shall be glad. I will furnish Mr (Robert) Herrick with dates & facts today, and ask him to communicate with you direct. I enclose you some newspaper slips wich show how others than his family regarded him; and they will perhaps justify the delay in obtaining for you a really good record. Allow his father to thank you for your interests. In 1887, Philip and Robert Herrick both (being then Harvard Sophmores) accompaned President & Mrs Gilman and Mrs Abbot to Alaska with myself, where your glacier delighted us all and stimulated Philip for his Alpine work. His love for mountains, was a passion, and his joy among them was beautiful to see. He had so much experience on snow and ice, that though the youngest, he was the leader of the party on Lefroy and they proposed a scientific survey and map of the great Snow field as soon as Lefroy had been won.
Not knowing your certain address, I enclose this to Mr McAllister at General Abbot's suggestion. and am with many thanks

Sincerely yours

Edwin H. Abbot.


Cambridge, Mass

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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