R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


[4]My work in that campaign throws me back six months in my efforts to make new alignment, and our opponents succeeded in poisoning the minds of some persons previously well-disposed toward me, convincing them that I was "intemperate" (of course I had no chance to vindicate my position). I knocked out of our last (illustrated) [broadside?] Osborn's phrase "a dishonest bill" when to my horror he put it back! I believe this injured me in influential quarters where I was under consideration for a new exercise of my activity.I am now deep in the Academy matter on the theory that if I pull of the endowment I shall have a living salary as Permanent Secretary. I am making all sorts of sacrifices to keep at the work, having dropped every other means of livelihood. This is deadly private. I long to see you.Affectionately thineR.U. Johnson[1]327 Lexington Ave, May 18. 1914.Dear Muir:I am hard at work on the scheme to complete the endowment of the Academy, and I am turning over in my mind the plan of getting it by cities something like this:New York $400,00(we have already 1/4 of this)Chicago 200,000.Boston 100,000.Philadelphia 100,000.C[Conneticut?] 100,000.etc.05747

[3]of all its members their books, manuscripts, letters from distinguished persons portraits, &c.We wish to make these archives complete, interesting and important. That is likely to be the most permanent repository of such data. What can you contribute to it in this line — letters from Emerson Sir Joseph Hooker Torrey &c? Have you anything regarding the Muir' glacier? Where are your early MSS.? Have you ever had a good portrait (painting)?And now tell me how you are, what you are doing, & whether there is any hope to stave off the Hetch-Hetchy iniquity through the former litigation? I havent heard a word for two months.[2]I suppose San Francisco is so committed to the Exposition that there would be no chance of getting $50.000 of clean money there. Can you give me the names of any persons I might approach, say, five who could give $10,000 each?Another point: The Academy's archives must contain, ultimately, records


[New York]

Date Original

1914 May 18


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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Reel 22, Image 0309

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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