DEPARTMENT OF THEINTERIORUNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEYFebruary 6, 1897.WASHINGTON, d. c. Mr. Elliott McAlister,Secretary, Sierra Club,Academy of Sciences Building, Room 51 A,Sari Francisco, California: Dear Mr. McAlister:-If we may judge from newspapers, I suppose that the I selection of Judge McKenna, of San Francisco, has been determined upon for our next Secretary of the Interior under McKinley. I write to ask if you know the Judge, and if you are able to give the Forestry Commission any information as to what position he would take in regard to new forest reserves, and what aid we might expect from him in bringing about some radical legislation in regard to our forests on the public lands. I think you will be surprised before long to see what stand we are going to take in regard to reserves, and what radical changes in the laws we are about to propose. It is of much importance to us to know if Judge McKenna will look favorably upon large reserves and their proper management by the general government.If you know him, or if any member of the Sierra Club is personally acquainted with him, it would be of great service to the cause if he was rightly posted in regard to the forestry matters02234
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 09, Image 0693
Copyright status unknown
Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.
John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle