S. Hall Young


John Muir


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2app't is made. Mr. Johnson of Alaska, who was District Attorney under the Harrison Administration, has lately been to Washington, and I saw a newspaper item, dated Port Townsend, Wash, to the effect that "Private advices from Washington indicate that he will be the next governor of Alaska."But that is not very alarming - as there have been half a dozen candidates just as confident.But still it is best to be as firmly on the safe side as possible. Dr. C. thinks that a number of my best endorsers, among whom you stand first, would better write private letters at once to the Pres. setting me forth again. You could tell him of your long acquaintance with me in Alaska & your views of any special fitness for the office. I have heard that Mr. Johnson is not acceptable to the missions in Alaska, and that he has been principally prominent in defending3the whiskey cases. If you know this to be the case do not hesitate to say so.And perhaps another letter to Sen. Perkins asking him to call at once on the Pres. on my behalf, would be wise.I do not feel nervous, but shall be much relieved when the app't is made.The app't means a great deal to me - to see you again & take a grip with you - that is much. Then it means the higher education of my girls, freedom from debt, the relief of my dear wife from harrowing cares & something laid by for the future. But it also means a great opportunity for usefulness. I am earnestly studying the peculiar questions of Alaska, & hope to be able to meet them wisely.Please answer soon. I am looking daily for an answer to my last.02275


Wooster, Ohio

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