John Muir


[Walter H.] Page


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[First draft of letter, in note-book #59] (33)[Jan. '02.][Dear Page]:Glad you're coming. I'll go with you. None I'd rather go with. I'm sure It will color your whole life, steep it in divine terrestrial dyes which in essence are also celestial, and be a glorious enrichment, [a] guiding light in whatever ways your work may lead.What lies in my plans beyond the Parks and Alaska? (1) Yo[semite] and other Yo[semite]s which long ago I promised to the Cent[ury] through Johnson. Most of the material for this lit[tle] book has been published in the Cent[ury] Maga[zine]. They have the cuts for illustration and could bring it out in telling shape to advantage. Johnson is as good as he can be, but the Cent[ury] Co. might easily be better. For the Mountains of California the Co. allowed me only of selling price 5% for the 1st 2000 copies. and 10% for the others. while Houghton Miff[lin] give 10 for 1st 2000 15 for others, or nearly double the Cent[ury] nor do they seem to do so well in making sales. Therefore, though I shall [give] first offer [to the Century] I shall not feel bound to let them have it unless they offer fair compensation and promise to give a reasonable push to the sales, for what's the use of writing books to be kept hidden or half hidden under the bushel of lazy, opaque, slow publishers.1. Yo[semite] and other Yo[semite]s2. Trees and shrubs of Cal.3. Alaska travels4. Excursions, mountaineering, camping, etc.5. Studies in earth sculpture, methods of study, [in] the Sierra, the Great Basin, Alaska, etc.(1) I hope to get off my hands this year. It will be a small book, a sort of guide for nature lovers and tourists and health and rest and wonder and beauty seekers, something like this Yo[semite] Vall[ey] published in the Cent[ury] under the title "Treasures of the Yo[semiteJ" describing the valley throughout the seasons and the excursions to be made in and round about it, etc., with a chapter on the origin. The two Kings R. Yo[semite]s in the same way, Hetch Hetchy, the Tehipite, Tuol[umne] Canyon, and some of the Alaska Yo[semite]s.(2) as it looks now will be a handy vol. with short telling descriptions and photo specimens of each tree and shrub and the most interesting of the herbaceous plants usually found growing beside them.[Next page, also numbered 33, is probably another draft of the same letter]02890


[Martinez, Calif]

Date Original

[1902 Jan 10]


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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