R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
R. W. GILDER, EDITORR. U. JOHNSON,ASSOCIATE EDITOR.C. C. BUEL,ASSISTANT EDITOR.Sept. 15th, 1902.John Muir, Esq.,Martinez, Calif.My dear Muir: Mrs. Tully tells us, in a letter recounting her delightful visit to you, of a number of animal stories that you related. of course I have heard some of these; but I write for the publishers, in the most formal and official manner, to tell you that we want you to write for The Century a book of these stories, which might lead off with your story of "Stickeen." We have great confidence that such a book would have a large sale, and. Moreover, that you could do it-so to speak-with your left hand. You [illegible] we have [illegible] you [illegible] talk for a long time.I hope this winter will be one of much literary actively to you and that by the spring we can have the "Yosemite" book, and this book of short stories. I am awaiting a reply to my inquiry about the newly discovered gorge that is finer than the Yosemite, and concerning the big trees. Mr. Gilder would be very glad indeed to have a short description of this "biggest tree," say fifteen hundred words, together with a photograph of the tree, with figures near by which will indicate the size of it. If this has not been done, I suppose a photographer would have to be specially sent there.
1902 Sep 15
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.
Reel 12, Image 0626
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