R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
November 26, 1901.
My dear Muir:
(1) I thank you for your letter of the 17th of November. How you do startle us! Hero we have been boning you for years for your autobiography (which was our original suggestion), and you calmly talk to us of Houghton, Mifflin Cc Co. and other publishers in connection with that work![illegible] If that goes to any other publisher we shall get up on our hind legs and get out an injunction, even if the matter has to be carried up to the Supreme Court, and I want you to know that I am on good terms with Justice Me-Kenna.That autobiography is for us whether it is ever written or not.The Century is accustomed to furnish ideas for other publishers, but we have reached the limit.
(2) We are glad to hear that your pen is again moving. I have to-day a letter from C.D. Robinson in which he tells me that you have seen his sketches and like them, and asks me to write him again, but I shall not do this until I have heard from you your opinion of them.
(3) I wrote you some days ago about an article on the Grand Canon of the Colorado, to be illustrated by Max-field Parrish. I hope to get a lotter in a day or two saying that you will write the article.You must n't let yourself be so long a stranger to the pages of The Century.
J. M. 2.s
(4) Yes, I did get a day or tiro ago your handsom book on the parks and reservations, and I will give attention to it as soon as I can. Some time, in a second, third, or tenth edition-of that work, I wish you would put on record your relation and mine to tho Yosemite National Park. You know our enemies tried to mako out that I had lied in regard to my relation to that scheme. I meant to speak of this to you before, but forgot about it.
(5) I wrote Roosevelt about his forest policy, urging him to say something about it in his message, to which he replied that he thought I would be satisfied with what he [illegible]. I wonder if we cannot now quietly get some influence from tho White House brought to boar upon the California legislature to get the Yosemite receded to the government'[illegibly]
(6) I am glad to hear that Wanda is at the State University. She is a nice girl and will appreciate her advantages, I am sure. Some time I hope you will send her East, so that she will not have a prejudice against us Eastern people.
With hearty thanks for your kindness in sending that book, I am, as ever,
John Muir, Esq.,
1901 Nov 26
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.
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