R. U. J. [Robert Underwood Johnson]
'49Aug. 1, 1889.Mr. John MuirMartinez, Cal.My dear Muir,I have seen both the Examiner article and the Argonaut criticism and have written to the former disavowing responsibility for that article, of course taking no notice of the Pixley-Irish card. I have also written shaprly to Hearst and to Williams, the man who made up the interview from a private conversation with me on my way back from Los Angeles. It is, however, such an article as I cannot endorse, containing much that is not mine either in material or in expression, and in jumping into a state of affairs like this, of course expression is everything. It is a very stupid bit of Examiner work since it has curtailed my opportunity of use by representing me before the public as a bumptious person and a man willing to lend himself to sensation. I am sorry you should think it represents my style of public expression. A man may have his own private opinion of certain things, but he certainly ought to have the choice of the way in which he would express himself in print, and this choice has not been given to me. I regard it as one of the greatest abuses of the press that such things should be permitted and have made it a rule of my life to protest against it to the editor-in-chief, as I did in this case. I have seen Olmstead and had a long talk with him about the Valley. He entire-0/373
…Union Square, New York
1889 Aug 1
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