R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
July 29, 1902.
R. U. JOHNSON,
C. C. BUEL.
My dear Muir:
I have read your article on the Grand Canon and am very much pleased with it. The end crowns the work, and we accede to your desire to have $250. for it. I believe we have already sent you $60., and I inclose the balance herewith. Is this right?
Mr. Scott desires me to say to you that we expect to treat you generously in the matter of your new volume, that you must remember when you say your book on parks has sold better than "The Mountains of California," that the earlier book was a great advertisement of the later one, and that a second book nearly always sells better than the first; also that there is a great deal more interest in national parks now than there was five years ago. In other words, to put it commercially, The Century Co. did a great deal of advertising, both of the subject and the author, in the five years that elapsed between the two books.
The Century Co., having suggested to you the book on the Yosemite, expects to bring it out, and to do it on terms satisfactory to you.
We also note your desire to use the Grand Canon
J. M. 2.
article after a year or so in some other form. To this there will be no objection.
How I regret that I cannot be with you in the Kings River! Mrs. Marshall of our office (about whom 1 wrote to you) has just returned from there, having left the week before your arrival, much to her regret.
I hope you will talk up recession. I can say to you privately that I have good reason to think that the President would lend his influence to getting rid of the anomalouscondition of affairs in the valley. I wish the Clubwould take it up as something to be accomplished by it andto be put forever to its credit. I believe the club will follows your lead.
I appreciate very much your kindness and the friendliness of your intention of dedicating the Yosemite book to me. This is an honor that I shall value very highly. To go down to posterity in a book of yours is same enough for
John Muir, Esq.,
1902 Jul 29
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1902 Jul 29." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4696.
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