Walter H. Page


John Muir


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[page 2] Strong to resist. The Atlantic wants all the matter that you will write, and then as soon as it is done in the Atlantic, Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Company wish to bring it out in beautiful and attractive book form. For both uses you must name your own terms (within the possibilities of the good business conduct of the magazine and of the publishing house). I confess I shall not die satisfied if your bags of notes are not turned into literature, and if that literature is not put in the beautiful shape which its permanent quality requires and is not put along with that compact and large body of American literature that is put out by this firm. I beg you to believe me that in all this I am not selfish, for I am trying my best to serve the most appreciative public that we have, and, if you will let me say so, it is a matter of no little pride that in doing this we should also serve your best interests. If I bore you by so many letters, you have only yourself to blame and your kindliness in permitting the assault. Very heartily yours, Walter H. Page (over)



Date Original

1897 Oct 15


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier

1897 Oct 15 Walter Page to JM

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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Page Number

1897 Oct 15 Walter Page to JM p2


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