[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez, Feb. 15, 1898My dear Johnson,I have just finished an article on the Yellowstone for the Atlantic, & have two more park articles to write. Of course you know very well that the Century Co. could have had these forest things if they liked.I think by the tone of your last letter that you have misunderstood me in part. The editor of the Atlantic did not "step in" & offer to pay me a larger price for articles than the Century. On the contrary when Mr. Page at Sargents request wrote me offering to publish as much forestry as I would write he stated that because the Atlantic was so much smaller a concern than the Century he was afraid my compensation would have to be less. I never told him what the Century paid nor did he make any offer. When the first article was published he asked me to name the price. I told him to send what he usually paid for similar articles. He sent more than Century price but no sum was mentioned beforehand.Later he began asking for books not already [bargained?] for, praised Houghton Mifflin of course as he should,
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