R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J.M. 2to James and, possibly, if they were merely given to him by the lady who received them he had a legal right to hold them, though I thought it was a petty piece of business, but that he certainly had no right whatever to publish a line from them, as that right inheres in you as the writer, or in your heirs in case of your death. You could get out a perpetual injunction against Mr. James publishing them or permitting them to be published; that is, if you should come to swords points on the matter. It seems that that gentleman has an idea that these are so interesting and valuable from a scientific point of view that you ought to be kept from destroying them-as if you were not as much interested as he in the presentation of the records of your scientific work. Some people make me tired!I am very much in hopes that Tuesday's vote will dispose of the political ambitions of Mr. William R. Hearst.Faithfully yours,R. U. JohnsonAssociate Editor.Mr. John Muir.03770
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