R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


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[1]Temporarily at Bay Shore, L.I. on a short vacationaddress always [letterhead]1890 Sept. 20Dear Muir;The combat thickens, John P. Irish being on the warpath. I have just received two editorials from the Oakland Tribune and an intervening letter from Irish, all which you've doubtless seen. Every time he puts pen to paper he gives an opportunity to the friends of reform. I shall write a brief reply and after it is written perhaps I'll send it. You see the trick; to try to make votes by pretending to defend California's sacred honor & reputation which privately he is besmirching. I hope you'll go for him. In the next Congress we shall probably have to face the question of recession of the original grant unless your legislature does something and Irish could throw[2]a good deal of dust in the eyes of the average M.C. I hope you'll expose the game in such a way as to defeat his election. He is probably put up by the Washburns as a friend to defend them in Washington. His letter is one of the funniest pieces of pettifogging I have ever seen. Did I tell you that I learned the other day that Irish wrote to the Editor of the Times a long letter of abuse of Mackenzie Robinson you and me -- which was thrown in the waste basket, I believe. Of course he is furious. Pixley is too shrewd to stand and take the fire. Now is the time to get ahead with the King's River Canon[diacritic] article. I've written to stir up Robinson. Meanwhile can you send me a description, by town ships (from a Land Office map) of the territory desirable to be included about this canon[diacritic]. I had a most vexatious time getting the proper description for the present limits of the new park -- spent a whole morning at the Land Office sketching it out from the surveyor's notes. I got the Public Land Committee to abandon the park east of the ridge of the Sierra which some


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1890 Sep 20


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

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