John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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2I am not yet done with that Picturesque affair of the Dewings but I will begin that Yosemite article in a few days & will in all probability send you the M.S. about the first of Feb. though I am to be depended upon [illegible] to time. A kind of respectable hash of my recent description of the valley would not take long but a brand new one will I fear be slow. I never can tell how anything I begin of a literary kind will end. Sometimes my descriptions are contemptible mean & lean & scrawny, without any color or atmosphere about them, again they are all fluffily sentimentous drifting about unguided & foundationless as mist, to thin for any terrestrial use


Martinez, [Calif]

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1889 Dec 6


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Reel 06, Image 0289

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