John Muir


John Muir


[Helen Lukens ?] Jones


Martinez, Feb. 22 1901

My dear Mrs Jones,

I am very sorry to learn that your fathers health is so poor & also that you had to depend on writing. It is very hard work ill paid & uncertain. No doubt you will learn to write well. I was pleased to see one of your articles in the Examiner. Perhaps you had better stick to the newspaper for a while. The best magazines are very exacting. I am not acquainted with the editors of any except those of the Century & Atlantic tho' I have written a little for others. Your two articles are very interesting & illustrations excellent but not sufficiently novel I fear for the Century or Harper - you might try the Mu[illegible] or Puritan or Cosmopolitan But often as I have tried I never

[in margin: I am sending the M.S. & photographs with this.]

succeeded in getting a friends article into any magazine. Have you tried the Land of Sunshine? I have spent two days on your two articles. The one on [Graybirds?] is best. My criticism you will learn by the changes I have proposed. All enclosed thus ( ) I would omit. Many of your paragraphs are too short. Avoid big uncommon words; be sparing of superlatives, & never interrupt narrative with long philosophical or sentimental digressions however just. They should only be hinted or lightly touched in. But all this you will learn. What is your latest news of Mrs Carr Ned promised to write but has failed to send a word. Last I heard she was at Paso Robles. Remember with kindest regards to your father & mother & Lottie, & with best wishes for your success, I am

Cordially Yours John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1901 Feb 22


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Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0617

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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