[Walter H.] Page
50/ Six/ Martinez, Cal. Jan. 10, 1902
Big thanks my dear Page for your great letter. The strength & shove & hearty reinging inspiration of it is enough to make the very trees & rocks write. The Park book, the publishers tell me is successful. To you & Sargent it owes its existence; for before I got your urgent & encouraging letters I never dreamed of writing such a book. As to plans for others i am now at work on 1 a small one "Yosemite I other Yosemites" which Johnson has been trying to get me to write a long time & which I hope to get off my hands this year. I'll first offer it to the Century Co. hoping they will bring it out in good shape, give it a good push toward readers & offer fair compensation. Johnson is all right, a very friend of mine, but his
company did not do half as well by me & "the mountains" as I think the should. & I'm not bound to give them this or any other book I may write on their own terms. 2 The California Tree & shrub book was suggested by Merriam last summer, but I have already written so fully on forest trees & their underbrush I'm not sure that I can make another book about them Possibly a handy volume with short telling descriptions & illustrations of each species enabling the ordinary observer to know them at sight might be welcomed. This if undertaken will probably be done season after next, & you shall have the first sight of it. 3 Next should come a Mountaineering book - all about walking, climbing & camping, with a lot of illustrative excursions. 4 Alaska,- glaciers, forests, mt'ns travels etc.
5 A book of studies - the action of landscape - making forces - earth sculpture - distribution of plants & animals etc - My main real book in which I'll have to ask my readers to cerebrate Still I hope it maybe made readable to a good many. 6 Possibly my autobiography which for ten years or more all sorts of people have been begging me to write. My life however has been so smooth & regular & reasonable, so free from blundering exciting adventures the story seems hardly worth while in the midst of so much that is infinitely more important. Still if I should live long enough I may be tempted to try it for I begin to see that such a book would offer fair opportunities here & there to say a good word for God. The Harriman Alaska book is superb & I gladly congratulate you on the job. In none of the reviews I have seen does Dr Merriam
get half the credit due him as Editor. Hearty thanks for the two Mowbray volumes I've read them every word, the more of such nature books the better. Good luck to you, may your shop grow like a Sequoia & may I meet you with all your family on this side the continent amid its best beauty Ever faithfully yours
1902 Jan 10
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Walter H.] Page, 1902 Jan 10." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4569.
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