R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
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. Johnson327 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
1914 May 18
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