May 9, 1902.
My dear Mr. Muir:
This note is to break gently to you the serious fact that you have been put into my book of verse, "Songs of the Press." Please to bear up bravely, my dear friend, and read "Muir of the Mountains" without poling or trembling. It was, you know, inevitable. Nobody could have written what you have written without calling down something of that sort. I send you the book to-day.
Kindly pass lightly and casually over the first part of the book, the "Songs of the Press," and read with fortitude the "Other Adventures in Verse," which is the [heart=work?]. The "Press" stuff is [verse?] jingle, addressed to the people who are marching to "rag=time" music and whose dominant singing note is [fond?] in the [Corn?] [diacritic]" [song?]. I th[illegible] the stuff, which is what Carlyle would call "rocking= verse rhyme," would popularlize the book. And, you know, even Lowell was not above that sort of thing. In the unlikely event of your wanting another copy you may have it. With kind wishes to you and Mrs. Muir, I remain. Yours faithfully
1902 May 9
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.
Millard, Bailey, "Letter from [Bailey] Millard to John Muir, 1902 May 9." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4667.
Reel 12, Image 0410
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