R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J.M.2.in the Tuolumne Canyon, a view in the Hetch-Hetchy, and perhaps a view from the top of the cliff above the hotel ("the rustic lookin' place"). Of course, it is our rule to pay for the use of sketches.I wish you would select from Robinson one or two of the very best he has, and then ask Hill whether he would be willing to have us engrave his view from Inspiration Point; in which case we should need a photograph. Whatever you do, don't send us any large paintings!I will perhaps also write to Keith, Hill and Robinson; but may I not depend on you to collect the sketches, and send them on as soon as you can, for we can be going ahead with the illustrations while you are writing.The main thing in regard to the text is that you should have a definite point of view; and I think that this is supplied in the proposed extension, and in the fact that the public knows nothing of the region outside of the Yosemite Valley. It is not necessary to have a long article of details, but to cover the ground comprehensively so that the reader may have a broad idea of the region. Send us seven to ten thousand words by the middle of April, if you can.I presume you are doing what you can to create public opinion, or at least to influence influential persons in California in re-01402
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1890 Feb 20
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