449July 18th, 1911Dear Mr. Muir,Thank you for your letter of July 14th. [illegible] enclose herewith the missing page 3 of your manuscript, which was mislaid at the Press while the book was out there for the setting of a sample page.We are sorry that the matter of arranging for serialization is giving you trouble, but we see no reason why you should not execute the contracts and let us have one of them back before you start for South America on the 15th of August. This of course would have no effect on the time of publication, and the magazine taking the aerial rights would of course have all the time they wanted for the magazine publication. We recognize, of course, that your definite promise of the [illegible] to us in the correspondence is final, but in view of the uncertainties of life and [illegible], we think it would be much more satisfactory to both of us to have the contractual arrangements completed before you call. Or, if you would prefer not to sign the actual contract [illegible], perhaps you would be willing to give us a memorandum of agreement, which, being separate from the other matters touched upon in your correspondence, we could keep, [illegible] with the contract for your other books.If through any chance you should not arrange for the serialization of the Autobiography before the time comes for your sailing, we should be glad to do anything in our power to help the matter along. We have had a good deal of
[illegible]experience in arranging for serial rights with the New York as well as with the Boston magazines, and we think we could undoubtedly get you a reasonable offer.Have you, by the way, tried McClure’s Magazine? We have reason to expect that such a feature might appeal strongly to them, and they would of course handle the illustrations only and give you an exceptionally wide preliminary public. The American Magazine also strikes [illegible] being a promising field.Sincerely yours[illegible]John Muir, Esq.Enc.[illegible]
1911 Jul 18
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