R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
21st August, 1889.Dear Mr Muir:We have not yet heard from you in regard to the set of the "Century" concerning which I believe Mr Scott wrote you some weeks ago, thinking it best to tell you how much they would cost before shipping them. He thought you would prefer this. I believe he has put them at their very lowest figure; about or quite at cost.It will be a great favor to us if you could fix a date at which we might expect the Yosemite article. Meanwhile would it not be well for you to write a separate brief and vigorous article in regard to the Valley for our use in the December number, when I hope to present the subject. Judge Deming will do the same. I have not yet seen Judge Howland. I shall also write something, and I have a letter from Mackenzie. Can you think of anybody else who would be useful? Would Hutchings? If you think of anybody for the Letters will you have them written (and let them be short) and send them to me. They will all be particularly addressed to the question of the need in the park of expert guidance on the landscape side. I shall, however, hint at other abuses. Robinson has sent me a batch of material accompanied by a violent letter on the whole subject. It is pity that the thing has been in the hands of such an extremist as he0/374
…Union Square, New York
1889 Aug 21
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