June 24, 1910Dear Mr. Muir:I am indebted to you for your kind note of June fourteenth, and shall take a great deal of satisfaction in printing four articles taken from your Journal. I note what you say in regard to spring publication, and having conferred with Messrs. Houghton Mifflin Company, I can assure you that I shall do nothing to delay the publication of your book in the spring. If we were to print your articles in December, January, February, and March, this could be readily accomplished, but as I say, I shall simply take the date settled by your publishers, and make our convenience conform with theirs.We shall be glad to pay you $500 for these articles, and if it suits your convenience, will send you a check for a quarter of that amount on the fifteenth day of the four next months, this being our regular pay day.One portion of your Journal seems almost as good as another for serial purposes, although it will be necessary of course to retain the backbone of the narrative proper. It does not seem essential to return the copy to you for magazine revision, and perhaps you will allow me to make my selection of passages and send them directly to the Press, it being understood, of course, that galley proofs shall be sent to you. If, however, you desire to see the manuscript once more, I will ask you to let us know as soon as possible.I had a call from Mr. Burroughs, who tells me he is to ramble all summer on the other side of the world before he returns to California next winter. In November we are to celebrate the fiftieth year of his contribution to the Atlantic, with a general paper of appreciation and a special paper from him. It is fifty years of as good service as the Atlantic has ever received.Yours faithfully,[illegible]John Muir EsquireMartinez, California04813
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