B. H. Royce
Chico July 13 1889Mr John MuirWill you permit me as one of the legion of delighted readers of Picturesque California, to suggest an improvement as to the placing of vignettes and cuts. Up in a corner, down at the bottom, over one side, or entirely across the middle of the page; so the text is not torn, is what I would suggest. What can be more exasperating for instance, than for a reader to be perfectly entranced with living glowing word painting, spellbound, drawing in 013652inspiration from wonderful glaciers, basking in the sunshine reflected from eternal snows, gazing on the fantastic cloud weather that lovingly enfold a mountain crest listening to the rythm of waterfalls! Every pulse and fibre vibrating with tense enjoyment: When suddenly some men on snowshoes come crashing down through the middle of the page! Sentences are haggled in twain, left-ragged and raw, The spell is broken the visions vanish After the rude shock and we pull ourselves together, there is but one feeling dominating outraged nature, and that is the eager hope that those men will get01365
1889 Jul 13
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13.5 cm.
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