R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
March 13, 1900.
Mr. John Muir,
I thank you very much for your note of the 5th and for your solicitude on account of my health. I ought to tell you that the actual work involved in the conduct of a magazine is not very troublesome, but the thing that gives us anxiety is our failure to extract copy from our intimate friends, like Hobson, Tesla, and others. Our enemies we can browbeat, but with our friends browbeating would be of no avail. The circus I had with Hobson has only been equalled by the continuous performance with Tesla, trying to get an article out of him, and you know this is nothing to the difficulty of getting Muir to write that autobiography; so if you want to add length of days and happiness to my life you can do it by producing some of that attractive copy concerning which we have had so much correspondence. Meantime you are doing a very good substitute in the work you are doing to save the Calaveras Sequoias. We have had a charming visit from Burroughs lately, and we see a good deal of Seton-Thompson and his wife.
J. M. 2.
He is coining money at the lecture business - sometimes giving two lectures a day, and will soon be able to retire to a California ranch, having busted up all the leading magazines meantime. Are you not coming East this summer? If so, I hope I shall be here when you come. Mr. Gilder is not expected back until the first of July.
R. U. Johnson
1900 Mar 13
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1900 Mar 13." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4250.
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