Benj [amin] P. Avery


John Muir



[Letterhead: ROOMS OF THE OVERLAND MONTHLY, San Francisco, March 4th 1874.]

Dear Mr. Muir:

I am delighted with your very original and clearly written paper on “Mountain Sculpture”, which reveals the land beneath the beauty of mountain and rock forms. It is sure to attract wide attention. On [consultation?] with Mr. [Callaway?] and the Engravers I f[illegible] that it will be physically impossible to have the fourteen illustrations done in time for the April [number?], which must be [illegible] the last f[illegible] of contributions on the 10th. We can, however, have them done in time to print your article [in?] the [underlined: leading] [underlined: paper] in the [May number?], which will be issued April 15th or 18th. As this arrangement will make it more

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conspicuous, and allow lee way for any [illegible] with the illustrations, it is really better than hurrying so [illegible] a paper to press in a week, even if that were feasible. Your “[illegible illegible]” is in type, and will appear in April [number?], which will be deliverable by the 15th. or 18th. I will read and revise proof with the utmost care. You spoke of desiring the Yosemite paper to appear in time for the spring Yosemite travel. It can easily do so in the [underlined: June] number, following your first paper in due [illegible], for that number will be out the middle of May, before any but a very few daring tourists will have started for the Valley. Believe me we have every [illegible]tion to meet your wishes in the publication of your valuable

contributions, [illegible] after once fairly beginning there will be no interruption or delay, provided we can always have the [Mss.?] easly enough.

Sincerely Yours,

[Benj. P. Avery.?]


San Francisco

Date Original

1874 Mar 4


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0035

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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