John Muir


[John Muir]


[George] Hansen


[May 1903]

[in margin: 762]

Dear Mr Hansen

I have read your [three?] M. S. & find many good things in them all But as to whether or not [they?] would be wanted [by?] the [editors?] of the best for mag[illegible] I am unable to say for it is not always the best things that are wanted by the great mass of crazy-going pleasure loving readers- The article on the Forest [fire?] of the farm [land?] better I think be called The Farmer of the Cal Sierra Foothills. It wld have to be changed a good deal, [made?] very plain less scientific, The subject wld suit Country Life but the editor is very exacting especially as to M[illegible] wh they [illegible] must be [illegible] & [very?] clear. I have seen written only children, anything for it might possibly be wanted for St Nick. but M[illegible] wld likely be [demanded?].
(Wld probably not be well understood by most people.
The plain story of your life wld be the most interesting thing you cld write)

Profs of Botany


& it wld also be a [illegible] & recreation for yourself.
After all ones writings most benefits oneself. Anyhow be of good cheer for God loves you.
With all good wishes I am ever faithfully yrs


[Martinez, Calif.]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.

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