M[ illicent ] W. Shinn [Editor Overland]


John Muir



San Francisco, Dec. 30 1882

Dear Mr Muir:

When you kindly promised me something from your pen during the year, I did not mean to hurry you at all, but to leave it entirely according to your own convenience. But if you do happen to have anything in shape such that you could send it, it would be particularly acceptable now: for Noah Brooks and W. H. Rideing, both of whom solemnly and repeatedly promised to get copy to me in time for February issue, have neither of them appeared, and I do not see how I can possibly [deleted: get] wait more than three or four days more, and yet I don’t dare to go to press without some important person in my table of

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contents, for everybody is saying that if we can keep up to the level of the January number they will have some faith in it, but that they look for a great descent in February — and you would out-weigh both Brooks and Rideing. As I said to Dr Le Conte, I could not expect him to give here as careful work as he would prepare to sell in the East, and that anything that was careful enough for him to be himself willing to have appear over his name, I should be grateful for.

Sincerely M. W. [Shinn?]

We were all very sorry to miss you at the Overland dinner. Your name was often on people’s lips in my hearing.



San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1882 Dec 30


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 14 cm.

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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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