Walter H. Page


John Muir


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3ears and with a newly-sworn resolution to go & see these things myself before I die. Then your "Alaska" will come along through my good friends, Houghton, Mifflin, & Company. I am not mean enough to envy them anything, for I have no better friends than they. But if I did envy them anything I should envy them these books. I have sent an order for a copy of the "Parks" to be bound in a special fashion for me, & I mean to have a copy of the old book that the Century Company issued (the one with the water ouzel in it) bound in the same way. I shall say to my sons: "When you are in doubt, here, here4is American literature, by a man who is nature & whom you have seen & talked with." Then they will inwardly damn as I do the superficial scribblers who write simply to make books. And I'm going with them some happy summer, with the mother of 'em & all, to see these great wonders of the world - these forests & glaciers. Then I shall ask you what lies in your plans beyond these books - "The Parks" & "Alaska." For these are not all. I know, for instance, that you have in mind & in your notes a book on the "Trees & Shrubs of California". When you get to that, if you aven't given it already to some other publisher,


New York

Date Original

1901 Nov 25


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.

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Reel 11, Image 0947

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