Creator

John Muir

Creator

John Muir

Recipient

[Robert Underwood] Johnson

Transcription

[in margin: [Prof?] F[illegible]

26

Martinez, April 3, 1894

My dear Mr Johnson

The book, begotten Heaven knows when is finished and out of me, therefore Hurra etc. and thanks to you, very friend, for benevolent prodding. Six of the sixteen chapters are new, and the others are nearly so, for I have worked hard on every one of them, leaning them against each other, adding lots of new stuff, and killing adjectives and adverbs of redundant growth--the verys, intenses, gloriouses, ands and buts--by the score. I feel sure the little alpine thing will not disappoint you. Anyhow I've done the best I could. Read the opening chapter when you have time. In it I have ventured to drop into the poetry that I like but have taken good care to place it between bluffs and buttresses of bald glacial geological facts.
Mrs. Muir keeps asking me whether it is possible to get Johnson to come out here this summer. She seems to regard you as a Polish brother. Why I'll be hanged if I know. I always thought you too cosmically good to be of any clanish nation.
By the way I wring these last months of abnormal cerebral activity I have written another article for the Century which I'll send you soon. Ever very truly your friend John Muir

Location

Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1894-04-03

Source

Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier

muir08_0177-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 0177

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html

Owning Institution

The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date

1984

Pages

1 page

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