Ripley Hitchcock [D. Appleton & Co.]
D. APPLETON & CO.,
1,3, & 5 BOND STREET,
John Muir, Esq.,
Martinez, Contra Costa Co., Cal,
I shall take the liberty of introducing myself and of addressing you directly as the literary adviser of D. Appleton & Co I have been a reader of your articles in the Century and elsewhere, and I also happen to have a more extensive knowledge of the west, derived from personal observation, than is the case perhaps with most eastern people. You will pardon this personal preamble to the suggestion which I have been very anxious to make, which is this: It seems to me that a book upon American mountains and mountaineering, dealing with the great peaks of the west, and perhaps of Alaska, might be written in a way to attract popular interest. Of course it is a popular rather than a scientific book which I have in mind, but at the same time such a book to possess any weight should be written by an authority like yourself. Every year sees several books added to the mass of Alpine literature, and I see no reason why our own great mountains are not worthy of a volume which would make Americans better acquainted with the magnificent scenery of their own country. I feel that there is no one better qualified than yourself to write a standard book on the great mountains of the west, dealing not only with scenery, but with mountaineering experiences, and with the animal life of the mountains, and I hope very earnestly that you may be induced to consider this suggestion. Of course it will be possible[illegible]to illustrate such a book in a very beautiful manner. May I ask you to consider this suggestion at your convenience? I trust that your reply may not be altogether
J.M. 2 2/21/93
With best wishes, I am
Yours very truly,[illegible]
1893 Feb 21
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.
Hitchcock, Ripley, "Letter from Ripley Hitchcock [D. Appleton & Co.] to John Muir, 1893 Feb 21." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 242.
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