Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1897 Dec 14.
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J. M. 4.ought to stand aside until this Is executed; and with this — as a related kind of writing- we intended to put the story of "Stickeen." We do not want to give up this series, nor the resultant book,( though we thought the thing was too much in embryo to speak of the book) These articles you could write before going to the Klondike, and we should like to have you send a little schedule for such a series; that is, the titles of the incidents.[illegible].As to the rest, since you have promised to, we should be willing to pass over the text of .''The Alaska trip'', and the ''Discovery of Glacier Bay'' to Houghton, Mifflin & Co.— we mean the text only— and of course you would write any others you wanted to go with those two to make a well rounded book for them. The Forestry articles you will probably wish to con-tinue to write for them and make a book of that, [illegible] but we think that as we proposed the Klondike to you before you went with Sargent last year, and as we proposed the camp-fire series, (not under that name) these things ought to take precedence of your work for the Invader. Can it not be arranged in that way, so that you can keep your promise to Houghton, Mifflin & Co. at the same time that you fulfil your promise to us, and our reasonable expectations in the matter of the Klondike? It is bad enough to give up anything to the enemy, but we shall do it with a good grace if you will let our two series take precedence .02373