R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J.M.2.your general opposition as the strongest argument why the thing should not be done.Of course you have noticed the passage, yesterday, by the House of the McRae Bill.Our people sent you the Cyclopaedia of Names in accordance with your order, about a week ago. It has doubtless reached you before this.I have been hoping to get ready the book of paraphrases from the Servian for next fall, in which case it ought to be in the press in July. But Tesla is so closely occupied with his (most important) invent ions, including the substitute for a steam-engine, that I have not been able for several months to get any more originals out of him. Perhaps in a short time he will feel like resuming the work.. Of course I can make no further- progress until I get something to work on. I have done about a dozen of them.Tesla expects to have six weeks at his disposition between the time of the finishing of his new engine, the oscilator and its practical manufacture, and talks vaguely of California, but 1 have learned not to take him too seriously in matters of this kind. He was confident that he was going to Europe this fall, but he did not go.Sargent, Pinchot., Stiles and I had a conference on Sunday with a view of having a bill introduced in Congress to appoint a forest commission of three men, with salaries, to0643
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