W[illiam] B[elmont] Parker
December 1, 1900.
Dear Mr. Muir,
The suggestion about your autobiography which I sent you a week or two ago on the spur of the moment after a delightful talk with Mr. Burroughs was of course purely personal. I am happy now to write you that the project—or possibility—seems equally attractive to Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Company, and at the last meeting of the House in committee it was the unanimous wish that you should write your biography and give them the opportunity to publish it.
To all of us here the idea of the book is very engaging:—the untrammelled narrative of a life so varied as yours has been in its activities, passed so largely in the more immediate presence of the great nature forces; and its inner experiences probably not less varied—attracts us strongly.
The chance seems to be excellent, then, of your doing a great many people a friendly turn, and it would give us genuine pleasure to learn that you were inclined to undertake it.
N. B. Parker.
Mr. John Muir.
1900 Dec 1
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.
Parker, William Belmont, "Letter from W[illiam] B[elmont] Parker to John Muir, 1900 Dec 1." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4346.
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