John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


Martinez April 19th 1890

My Dear Mr Johnson,

I hope you have not been put to trouble by the delay of that M.S. I have been interrupted a thousand times while writing by coughs grips business etc. I suppose you will have to divide the article. I will write a sketch of the Tuolumne Canon & Kings River Yosemite, also the charming Yosemite of the Middle Fork of Kings River all of which may I think be got into one article of 10,000 words or so. If you want more than is contained in the M.S. sent you on the peaks & glaciers of the east of Yosemite, let me know & I will try to give what is wanted with the Tuolumne Canon. The Yosemite Century [leaven?] is working finally even this far throughout California. I


enclose a few clippings. The Bulletin printed the whole of Mack's Times letter on our honest Governor. Shinn says that the overland is going out into the battle henceforth in full armor. The Evening Post editorial which I received last night & have just read is a good one & I will try to have it reprinted. I saw Robinson yesterday. He says that the three sketches I ordered for you of the Cathedral Peak & Hetch Hetchy were about done & would be forwarded at once. I thought they had been sent on weeks ago & fear they will now be too late should you conclude to print H.H. in the first section. He feels very sore concerning the references to his Examiner letters by MacKenzie as being stupid blundering senseless etc. He says that most of the objectionable features of the letters


were added by the Editor of the Examiner to suit their sensational purposes etc. He is very anxious to be heard on the Yosemite question & offers to write something & submit it to me to show how smooth & dispassionate he can be allowing me to change as much as I judge might be best. If he sends me anything that seems available I shall forward it to you in hopes your finding something useful in it & getting it published, somewhere. I tried to soothe him by saying that it mattered little who did the writing as long as it was well done & was effective in saving the pines & ferns etc but he evidently thought he would like to be a general in this war. He deserves credit for almost diabolical industry



Mr Olmsteds paper was I thought a little soft in some places but all the more telling I suppose in some directions. Kate like fate has been going for the Governor & I [illegible] he must be dead or at least paralyzed on this. How fares the bill [illegible]. I hope you gained all the basin if you have then a thousand thousand trees & flrs will rise up and call you Blessed besides the other mountain people & the usual "unborn generations etc" In the meantime for what you have already done I send you a reasonable number of Yosemite thanks & remain very truly Your friend

John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1890 Apr 19


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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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