[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez, Feb. 7, 1895
My dear Mr Johnson,
I take great pleasure in sending you today by registered mail the hard rubbed M S of Glacier Bay. I have done my best on it & believe I have now a capital article. Like a carpenter building with precious old lumber--
I, in tale adjoining,
Lift old treasures into day;
If not gold or perfect coining,
They are metals anyway:
Thou canst sort them, thou canst sunder,
Thou canst melt & make them one;
Then take that with smiling wonder,
Stamp it like thyself my son. If you like for I'll be hanged if I spend more time on it. Ive written every word of it over again.
Sargent sent me this the other day, which though too praisey for most people to see I am tempted to send you.
"I am reading your Sierra book & I want to tell you that I have never read discriptions of trees that so pictured them to the mind as yours do. No fellow who was at once a poet, naturalist, & a keen observer has to my knowledge ever written about trees before, & I believe you are the man who ought to have written a Silva of North America. Your book is one of the great productions of its kind & I congratulate you on it."
This is confidential. Dont show it to anybody. Ever Yours, John Muir
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1895 Feb 7." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6991.
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