[Robert Underwood] Johnson
December 4th, 1894.
C.C. BUEL,ASSISTANT EDITOR.
My dear Muir:-
I have obeyed your injunctions to send copies of your book to the friends who were courteous to us last year. I have included Mrs. Fields, Miss Jewett, Col. Higgins on and Mrs. Sargent. These four copies have been charged to your account. A copy of Mr. Gilder's book and of the new volume of The Century Dictionary are also en route.
I also send you copy of your article on "The Discovery of Glacier Bay" so that you may add the part about the Muir Glacier and keep the article from being thrown "out of balance", as you say. My theory of it is that it is "out of balance" now because you are too modest to talk about the Muir Glacier. This might be of a descriptive character and need not be more than a thousand words.
Then if you wish, Mr. Gilder would be glad to have you write another article, as you suggest, of five or six thousand words called "Adventures on the Muir Glacier"; but let the latter be adventures with only incidental descriptions. In other words, put the descriptive part into the Glacier Bay article and let the adventures go by themselves. And then we
want the dog story!
I am sorry that I have not more promptly answered your inquiries, but we have been heels over head in business, which has been in arrears by reason of the fight against Tammany.
The symposium is turning out well. We shall have twelve or thirteen contributors including yourself, and most of them endorse Sergeant's plan. Those connected with the Government Bureaus in Washington - Mr. Bowers, Mr. Fernow and prof. Cleveland Abbe - are rather inclined to oppose the plan, though they strongly favor the object.
Mr John Muir,
01887Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Cal.
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