[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez, Aug. 16, 1899.
My dear Mr Johnson
I got back from Alaska more than a week ago but had to go to the Caliveras Grove of Big Trees with Pinchot & Dr Merriam on hearing that they were in danger of being sold & made into lumber. Mr Sperry who owns the grove & 3000 acres about it said that he had been offered $100,000 for 2000 acres but was not going to sell yet, & in any case he would let me know what his offer was before selling--So these northern Sequoias are all right as yet--Our Alaska trip was a grand affair & I wished almost every day that you had been with us. It was just what you needed in the way of rest, exercise, change & general healing & inspiration. John Burroughs enjoyed it immensely though he growled good naturedly all the way. I am sure you can get some good icy articles out of him. He wrote 2 beautiful poems on the Golden-Crowned sparrow & the Lapland Long spur which you should make haste to secure for the Century. Also I have tried to have Mr Harriman give him the job of writing the Narritive of the trip. It would I am sure make a fine series of articles for the maga.-& a charming book. Look after this with Mr Harriman & J. B.
I am now taking up the forest articles again for the Atlantic & hope to get through this year. It worries me when I think of the articles & books I have promised. Writing is the only sort of work that bothers & drags & wont get done. I wonder how you are coming through the N. Y. dogdays. Mrs. Muir has been far from well this summer. I hope your family is well
Ever cordially yours
1899 Aug 16
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1899 Aug 16." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2427.
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