Walter H. Page
[letterhead]4 March 1897Dear Sir: I write to seek if you will not prepare for the Atlantic Monthly an article or articles about the Government parks and reservations in the West. Our own longstanding wish of having the pleasure of publishing something from you on such a subject has been quickened into this definite invitation by the kind suggestion of Professor C. S. Sargent, who has written to you, seconding my request.I shall not presume to indicate any definite method of treatment, for your own method will be better than any other. But it seems worthwhile just now to point out the practical value of these reservations because the awakening of an appreciative public sentiment may be necessary to insure their preservation. An attack, as you know, has already been made in Congress on the President for his reservation of these lands and an effort will be022513put forth, I have no doubt, to annul Mr. Cleveland's action, and every such effort will qucken the greed of the adventurers.But apart from this practical consideration and more important is the intrinsic charm of the subject; and the too general ignorance in the Eastern States of the beauty as well as of the practical value of these forest-reservations imposes on the Atlantic Monthly the duty of doing all that it can to build up an appreciative public sentiment--a duty that is made the more pleasant because the subject lends itself so happily to literary treatment in your hands.Within its somewhat modest but, I hope, fair limits, the Atlantic will expect to meet your wishes in regard to the honorarium.May I here acknowledge the very great debt I owe you for the pleasure that I have received from 'The Mountains of California'?Very Sincerely Yours,Walter H. PageJohn Muir Esq./02251
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