R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
March 15 1895
Your second article is admirably done, and we will try to get it in during the summer, as soon as we can get the rest of the pictures made. Thanks loud and deep.
You have doubtless seen that poor Tesla has been burned out. His laboratory and all it contained is in ashes--all
his records notes, plans, historical [instruments?], his great inventions, which are to be described in the April Century by the way. It is a great public calamity. However, he has friends with money and if his health keeps good he can in time reproduce everything, improved.
I now wish to write you very privately to say that I am talking with a friend of his about a possible Alaska trip in July or August. The friend has an N. P. private car and is a gentleman. He thinks that it would be a good thing to take Tesla off about that time (he can't go earlier as he must go to Europe) and when I spoke of Alaska and your cordial invitation to Tesla he said he thought that would be just the thing. It is of course a far cry to July, but can you
go then if the party including the Johnsons & Tesla should come? Alaska without Muir would be Hamlet without the Dane. If so, which would be the better month?
Those glacier descriptions--the dawn and the starlight scenes--are as good writing as you have ever done and will get into the readers! I'll use them as bait on Tesla's friends.
My best remembrances to Mrs. Muir. This letter is not private from her but from others.
R. U. Johnson
1895 Mar 15
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1895 Mar 15." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3067.
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