Walter H. Page


Walter H. Page


John Muir



book publication of your matter.
1) You are to get on as fast as you will with the essays that we have been publishing about the National Parks, and as soon as they are done you will put them in proper order and shape for a book, the completed manuscript of which we hope to have by next spring,[illegible] so that it may be issued early next fall on our fall List.

2) Then, as soon as you conveniently can, you will turn to the preparation of a book about Alaska. As much of it as you wish we will of course first use in the Atlantic, and we hope that we shall be able to begin to publish these articles as soon as practicable after you have done with the articles on the public parks.
The programme thus far calls definitely for two books, the latter of which we hope to have at the very latest a year after you turn in the manuscript of the first one.
Then, as you proceed with the further businessof book-making, it is our expectation EDITORIAL OFFICE OF
The Atlantic Monthly,

November 3, 1898.

Dear Mr. Muir,

The day you went off the publishers gave me a check for you in payment of your article that appears in the November Atlantic, and I have been wishing to get it.[illegible] to you ever since. Of course, too, I have been hoping that you would come back to Boston. Professor Sargent tells me now that you are still in New York and that you are going to Florida with him, and he says that a letter addressed in care of Mr. Johnson will reach you. I therefore enclose the check and beg your pardon for not having caused it to reach you sooner. Please let me hear that you.have received it
I now write down, for the sake of clearness, and to make a record of it, what you were good enough to tell me when you were here about our expectations concerning the


The Atlantic Monthly,


to have the pleasure of publishing them for you year after year until we have "The Works of John Muir" in as many volumes as you have the courage to put forth---the more the better.
In the meantime, there are two or three other things about which we have talked that I hope you will definitely agree to do.
One is the plan that professor Sargent so earnestly insists upon, and that I so earnestly second, and that the whole world so earnestly wishes you to do, of writing an article, or two or three articles, about the Grand Canon of Colorado, these afterwards to make a book. It is absolutely necessary that this great region as well as the Yosemite should be described by you, else you will not do the task that God sent you to do.
Then again, you are sometime, as soon as you feel like it, to write an Atlantic article about Sargent's Silva.

When you get home you are to sort the old newspaper letters that you wrote and about which people still inquire and which they still pick up, and see if there is not the making of a book in them. I not only think there will be, but from what you told me about these things I feel sure there will be. If you will be good enough to send the whole pile here and let us go over it and see what plan we can suggest and submit to you, it will give us great pleasure to put all the work necessary on it the way or arrangement or suggestion, and perhaps we can get a book out of this which may be published even before your National Park book.
With the pleasantest possible, recollections of your visit, and with the hope that we may see you again in Boston before you go West, believe me.
Very heartily yours,
Walter H. Page

Mr. John Muir.




Date Original

1898 Nov 3


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

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Reel 10, Image 0439

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