R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


April 14th, 1890.

Mr. John Muir,
Martinez, Cal.
My dear Mr. Muir,

I fear I have not yet acknowledged your kindness in relation to Keith's sketches and other illustrative material for your article. These came duly to hand and will not only be of use to "The Century", but will enable me to make more clear to the Committee on Public Lands the desirability of an extension of the National Park, as provided for in General Vanderver's bill.
My object in writing about the other article on the Yosemite was to relieve you from a hackneyed part in the subject, if you so desired. Of course, we shall do nothing to embarrass you or to duplicate your work. The field is yours.
I have your telegram announcing that the article will be sent soon, and thank you very much for pushing it along. The fact is, we ought to have the MS before making the illustrations. We shall use at least two of Keith's and I think three. One or two of your sketches will be worked in together with some photographs which I have from Robinson.
I am very much surprised to find Mackenzie opposing the Vanderver bill. He has sent me a copy of a, letter to The Times taking that view, and wants me to urge its publication. As I



have accepted the Vanderver bill as an admirable solution of the Yosemite difficulty I am rather embarrassed by his request. I am indeed already advocating the extension to your exterior lines, and unless Mackenzie shows better reasons than he has yet for opposing the bill, I shall support it.
Later : I see the Times has [illegible] Mackenzie's letter [illegible] the bill from a duplicate [illegible] by him. [illegible] inclose a copy. What do you this of it?
I have a letter from the associated Press (S.F.) man [illegible] that a [illegible], no other [illegible]

Very faithfully Yours,

R.N. Johnson.



New York

Date Original

1890 Apr 14


Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0417

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