THE CENTURY CO.UNION SQUARE. NEW YORKJanuary 29, 1914.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, California.Dear Mr. Muir:It was extremely kind of you to offer to edit your own work, and I perfectly understand your reasons for not wishing to accept my own cutting. After all it is something that only the author can do satisfactorily. Unfortunately the Book Department wants to get the first book in the series into print as soon as possible. The four or five weeks delay, necessary in getting the articles back from you, and in sending them out in proof, would mean considerable loss.As an alternate proposition I am sending yon the first eleven pages of the first chapter from "The Mountains of California" and the first seven pages from the chapter on "The Forests." Both of these we will print without a single change, if you will permit me to have them. This, of course, will obviate the necessity of sending you the proof, as I will have the printer set it up directly from the pages.I feel that the Century Co. is under obligations to you for letting us use your work, and I am really more satisfied with this way of doing it, than if you had permitted our using it in the first form.Do you think that the title notes at the head of the articles are satisfactory?It trust that using, without any change, the pages that I have sent you, will straighten the matter out. I will send you a copy of the book as soon as it is in print.Hoping to hear from you soon.Respectfully yours,[illegible]
1914 Jan 29
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.
Smith, Harrison, "Letter from Harrison Smith to John Muir, 1914 Jan 29." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6484.
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