Cha[rle]s F. Lummis
work," I think it can safely be promised to keep so.
Again, thank you.
Chas. K. Lummis
June 14 1895
My dear Mr. Muir:
I am 20 pages farther along in your book (all my reading nowadays has to be done after 1 a. m., in bed, & you may be sure does not include much sleepy stuff) when in comes your letter to give me a still more intimate angle of you. You have the outdoor generosity & it does me good, & I want to thank you. But please pardon me for returning your check, the time has not come when we can
take John Muir's money. I am just lover enough of good literature & lover enough of California, too that the writer of that book is more than welcome to anything in my gift. It will give me much more pleasure to send you the magazinelet regularly than you can ever get out of it. I hate to crowd things on people, or should have put you on the list before writing at all; now that you are kind enough to express interest, you are in for it.
We have a field I am sure of it. And my hope is to make what shall be worthy as well as successful & worthy whether
successful or not. But I believe we shall succeed. Going over the books yesterday I found that we have over 800 paid subscribers in this city which has not yet been quarter canvassed. One in every hundred at one year old isn't bad for the home town. Our circulation is 8000, & growing rapidly. That, I take it, is encouragement that a self-respecting concern can thrive even on the "frontier."
I shall be more grateful than I can say if you will write something for us; & sincerely hope that as the magazine speaks for itself you will find the kind impulse not weakened. It isn't all I would like, but it is "honest
1895 Jun 14
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 27.5 cm.
Lummis, Charle F., "Letter from Cha[rle]s F. Lummis to John Muir, 1895 Jun 14." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3106.
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