R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


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[4]My work in that campaign throws me back six months in my efforts to make new alignment, and our opponents succeeded in poisoning the minds of some persons previously well-disposed toward me, convincing them that I was "intemperate" (of course I had no chance to vindicate my position). I knocked out of our last (illustrated) [broadside?] Osborn's phrase "a dishonest bill" when to my horror he put it back! I believe this injured me in influential quarters where I was under consideration for a new exercise of my activity.I am now deep in the Academy matter on the theory that if I pull of the endowment I shall have a living salary as Permanent Secretary. I am making all sorts of sacrifices to keep at the work, having dropped every other means of livelihood. This is deadly private. I long to see you.Affectionately thineR.U. Johnson[1]327 Lexington Ave, May 18. 1914.Dear Muir:I am hard at work on the scheme to complete the endowment of the Academy, and I am turning over in my mind the plan of getting it by cities something like this:New York $400,00(we have already 1/4 of this)Chicago 200,000.Boston 100,000.Philadelphia 100,000.C[Conneticut?] 100,000.etc.05747


[New York]

Date Original

1914 May 18


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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