F[rancis] J. Garrison
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY4 PARK STREET BOSTONJv&y 12, 1909.John Muir, Esq.,Martinez, Calif.Dear Mr. Muir:We are in receipt of your favor of the 1st inst., in which you say that you have decided to make no further change or addition in the park book, but will include in the Yo Semite book which you now have on the stocks whatever you may wish to say regarding recent changes. There are a few points, however, in which the present volume seems to require slight corrections to bring it up to date and to conform to present facts, and we understood from Mr. Gleason that when he saw you he would call your attention to these. Since receiving your letter we hear that he is with you, and it is possible that [illegible] some of these points may be already on the way from you. To particularize, it seems to us that the notes on pages 12 and 34 should be revised;since there are now 12 Parks and 149 Forest Reservations (146 in the United States), besides 19 National Monuments, and the Forest Service must have been enlarged since 1900. The area of some of the Porest Reservations as given in the text is larger than as given in the Porest Report of March 31, 1909, probably on account of the sub-division of some of the Reservations. Thus the Bitterroot Reservation is stated in the book to be more than 4,000,000 acres, while in the Report it appears as 1,180,900 acres; also the Sierra is credited in the book with over 4,000,000 acres, while the Porest Report makes it 1,935,680 acres. Would you not prefer to have your notes conform to the facts?Yours very truly,Houghton Mifflin Company,[illegible]04543
1909 Jul 12
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