John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C. ] Carr



Martinez, Oct. 22. 1887.

Dear Mrs. Carr.

I told Mr Dewing that I thought you could write Southern California better than anybody else that I knew, & that he better let you try your hand on an article or two. As to compensation I know very little about it. Go ahead & write an article & send in your bill is my advice. I may say however that not more than magazine rates will be paid, as far as I can make out. Little has been written as yet. I have finished some four numbers now mostly in print with [firm?] illustrations by the best artists Hill Keith, Moran, Rix, etc. on the passes forests Yosemite etc. Have to write Alaska, Sierra Lakes, Shasta. San Rafael Redwoods etc. (& run the ranch) & edit the whole compound business,

The first three numbers are about to be published.


2 Monterey was written by a Mr. [Frake?]. Bartlett has written Oakland & probably will write Santa Cruz. & Clear Lake. I think you can have San Diego & Santa Barbara, at least I have not heard of anyone in these fields as yet.

Picturusque American is about the style & kind of stuff required. Nothing that savors in the least of advertising booming etc can be allowed, but latitude wide as you plan in picturesque description & choice of objects. Should have abundance of flpwery brush birds, bears, prints of the Golden time, adobes gray, old oaks. Old Spanish life but still more fully should the life, Yankee life, of today in its pictursque aspects be portrayed_ Olive orcahrds oranges nut trees vineyards groups of fatheres of the sunny harvests _ views of the main towns etc etc etc. I guess you know what I mean. No scent flavor savor of commercial advertisement or any verb.



of favoritism as to places written or pictured. What a bright appreciative traveler would like to see & hear is what is wanted as near as I can make out.

Write one article anyhow of say from 4000 t0 5000 words & send in your bill & see what you can get, then you will know what to do afterward. The money part of the affair I have nothing whatever to do with- & do not know what anybody has received for work already done.

With cordial regards to the doctor & all of you I am ever Yrs Truly John Muir_

In choosing subjects for photographers be careful to avoid commonplace prettiness in walks gardens cottages conservatories etc such as may be seen in almost any country. Let them be telling of the locality_ & strictly special. as well as picturesque Now then, I guess youve got about enough - getting even on you for early lectures, Humblest advice to the players etc


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1887 Oct 22


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0872

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