John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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2in the Atlantic & then bring them out in a book. All on my own terms as to compensation, style, illustrations etc. & as you had given no such encouragement. but on the contrary had held one of the ten articles of the proposed book three years I thought I could not be wrong in accepting Houghton Mifflins offer.You say that I agreed last summer "to write for us some articles consisting of the most important memoranda of your life as an explorer" etc mentioning Aurora, Eagle-or Crow-attack. Auroral salmon etc. In this you are mistaken. You wrote me before you started for Europe proposing this patch work, but I made no reply to it. Instead of writing to Gilder I thought I had better wait your return & I reply now that I have no liking & no skill for such high colored crazy quilt odds-&-ends articles & must therefore decline attempting them.


Martinez [Calif.]

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