Walter H. Page
just as welcome for January.
I am glad to hear what you write, too, that you had made no engagement with any other publisher touching the books (I say books, because this matter about the parks and reservations will make one book, and the matter that you are obliged to write about Alaska will make another book); and that Messrs.
Houghton, Mifflin & Company may bring them out for you when you are ready. The Atlantic will do all it can in the meantime in the way of serial publication---very thankfully. The books you may be sure will be brought out in volumes worthy of the subject, worthy in their manufacture to take their place along with their proper fellows in the mass of permanent literature which this firm puts forth.
The firm sends you, with its compliments, a set of the complete Burroughs, to show something of the excellence of their making of books. As for illustrations, they will be put in in the most artistic and effective fashion.
EDITORIAL OFFICE OF
THE Atlantic Monthly,
Oct. 29, 1897.
My dear Mr. Muir,
It is a great satisfaction to receive your letters, from which it appears that the gods are good to us, because instead of writing one article about the parks and reservations, you are obliged to write four. For this I send my hearty thanks, and the Atlantic will announce in its prospectus that papers will be expected from you in early numbers about, (1) the Reservations, (2) the Yellowstone Park, (3) the Yosemite Park, (4) The Sequoia Parks.
I took the liberty to telegraph you the hope that we might receive the first paper in time to use in the December Atlantic, and I have your answer that it is now on the way.
My eagerness about that must be set down to myappreciation of it, because if it do not happen to reach us in time for December, it will be
EDITORIAL OFFICE OF
The Atlantic Monthly,
Very heartily I thank you for the definite promise of these books, and whatever any of us can do in any way to serve you may you reckon on.
I thank God that you do not write in glib, acrobatic fashion: anybody can do that. Half the people in the world are doing it all the time, to my infinite regret and confusion.
And as for the Alaska book by any given time---no matter. People will be going there always; and I don't care any more than you care about any "tourists" patronage. That was professorSargent's remark and it was the only immoral speech I have ever heard him make.
The two books on the Parks and on Alaska will not need any special season's sales nor other accidental circumstances: they'll be Literature!
very sincerely yours,
Mr. John Muir.
1897 Oct 29
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27.5 cm.
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