R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
January 29, 1900.
R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
R. U. JOHNSON,
C C. BUEL,
My dear Muir,
I have been so busy for the last month— Mr. Gilder having been absent for the most of the time— that I have not been able to follow ray inclination to write you, to wish you a happy new year and to ask you [illegible] who we shall be able to get more copy from you for The Century Magazine Magazine. I am organizing some special numbers for the summer, and shall esteem it a favor if you will give me a short adventure article of the kind we have discussed.Can you not write one to be entitled "Odd Experiences in Alaska"? In this you could include the adventure with the wild animals in the canon, the wonderful aurora you told me about, and the river full of phosphorescent salmon,with one or two other things. We need some thoroughly popular and entertaining matter of this kind.
There seems to be a complication between Mr. Harri-man and ourselves about the Burroughs material— a sort of friendly rivalry, which I am trying to adjust so that we shall get something out of the trip. I do not know how it will come out. At the most, I fear we shall only have a single paper from Burroughs.
As Mr. Gilder is going to Europe on the 10th of
J. M. 2.
February for three or four months, I am going to make a special appeal to you to write an article on the lines that I have indicated above. With all the popular attention that is attracted to Alaska it seems as if The Century ought to be able to get out of its friend Muir something of importance and value. How is the accepted time, for in a couple of months spring will be stirring your blood with the instinct of travel.
Please remember rne very warmly to Mrs. Muir, and believe that you are not infrequently in my friendly thoughts.
Tesla is [illegible]Mr. John Muir,
1900 Jan 29
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1900 Jan 29 ." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4224.
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