R. U. J. [Robert Underwood Johnson]
J.M. 2.ly agrees with us, but says he can make no engagement to go there or to do the work. At the same time I have no doubt he would do it if he were asked to do so either by Stanford or the commissioners. Judging from the Pixley-Irish letter, the letter are determined to have nothing to do with Olmstead. The next best man would be Sargent, of the Harvard College Arboretum, who [illegible] is now in Europe. But as he may go to Japan before long by way of the coast it may be that we can make use of him. Olmstead did not say that he would not do it, but that he would make no engagement; in fact did not show the fighting qualities I had hoped. He will probably add a short statement of general principles to what we shall print along with your article when it canes. Now that you have finished up the pressing work for "Picturesque California1" I hope you can go at the Yosemite article. We have all the illustrations and can make a capital thing of it. I thought an effective presentation would be , first, your article with proper mention of this matter at the close. Second, letter from Judge Deming on his impressions. Third, a note from Judge Howland. Fourth, letter from Makenzie which I have. Fifth, statement over my own name. Sixth as summary of general principles by Olmstead and perhaps something from Sargent. Then in our editorial department an article referring to all these, a moderate and dignified consideration of the question from the standpoint of public interest. I am assumed that [illegible]
…Union Square, New York
1889 Aug 1
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