(Following rough draft of letter found on same sheet with that of Mr. Shoup to John Muir .dated June 28,1907)[early July,] 1907.Mr. P. Shoup,My dear Sir;How in the world can I tell when I will he able to indicate the time I'll have copy ready for"aMountain Book". Making a mountain book is a huge Sequoia job for me at best, even after the shape and size of the thing and everything about it has been definitely fixed, and the track cleared of all other work, a state of affairs far from present conditions. Now I have a Yosemite book on my hands that will take all summerat least, not to mention a lot of other smaller and bigger jobs stretching away into the dim hazy distance like your rails on the desert through mirages and dust storms. So you see any new Mountain book, like the Happy Land, is far, far away. But in the meantime, as far as I am concerned, the S.P. is welcome, without price, to the use of anything available in my writings. I have already in books, letters, and magazines described Shasta, Hetch Hetohy, Yosemite, Kings River Canyon, Tehipite, the mountains, glaciers, forests, etc. I suppose you seem hardly to know what to take. or what the holders of copyright would allow. A strange mental attitude for R.R. men accustomed to everything. I suppose you want a sort of guide to the most telling features of the mountains. Such a thing I may be able to do some day, but certainly not onrailroad time.With best wishes,Faithfully yours,[JOHN MUIR]03885
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