William Bittle Wells
THE PACIFIC MONTHLY
THE PACIFIC MONTHLY PUBLISHING CO.
CHAS. E. LADD, PRESIDENT.
WILLIAM BITTLE WELLS, MANAGER.
Seventh Floor, Chamber of Commerce Building.
J. THORBURN ROSS, VICE PRESIDENT.
ALEX SWEEK, SECRETARY.
PORTLAND, OREGON. Apr. 17, 1906.
Mr. John Muir,
Dear Mr. Muir:-
We have your esteemed favor of Apr. 12th., and must confess that we were exceedingly disappointed upon reading same. The writer has been in the East for about six months and has taken it for granted that you would be written in time so that we might receive the article from you for our Alaska number. How the situation is just exactly like this: we simply have got to hare something from you, even if it is only five hundred or a thousand words. Can you not take off an hour or two and write your impressions of the glaciers of Alaska, or your belief in the future of the country, or something about the tremendous potentialities and resources of Alaska. We know of course how your time must be limited and how overloaded you are with work, and while we appreciate that these people have claims for your time far in advance of ours, we trust that you will make an exception at this time in our favor owing to the fact that The Pacific Monthly is a western magazine, and is devoting an issue to a subject in which you are particularly interested, and in connection with which the country as a whole attaches honor to your own name. Now if you can give us five hundred, one thousand, fifteen hundred or two thousand words on Alaska or any phase of the subject that you desire to write upon we assure you that it will not only be greatly appreciated at this time, but that it will absolutely help us out of a hole and you will be doing a charitable act apart from all monetary considerations. We will, of course, be glad to pay you at the rate stipulated in our last letter or any rate you will feel the article is worth to you. If you can find time to do this I hope you will wire us "collect" the number of words we can count upon so that we can reserve the necessary space in the magazine and illustrate the article properly.
With kindest regards, I am,
Very truly yours,
1906 Apr 17
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21.5 cm.
Wells, William Bittle, "Letter from William Bittle Wells to John Muir, 1906 Apr 17." (1906). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3507.
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