Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Raymond, Fresno Co., Cal.July 7th, ‘91Dear Mr. Johnson:Owing to my infrequent calls at the post office, as I am now living several miles from that place, I only rec’d your letter of June 18 towards the end of last week. It found me busy at some orchard work which had to be finished — I have to turn my hand to anything at present to keep the pot aboiling— and I have only now been able to complete the article suggested by you for possible use in the Century. I am not at all posted as to this summer’s doings in the Valley, and in preparing the enclosed screed have had to follow a general line of argument. I do not know anything about Gov. Markham’s attitude, which has been a drawback to the satisfactory treatment of the subject. I believe there is a new commissioner — one Kidder, of whose identity I am uninformed – but to whom he succeeds I don’t know. I do not imagine that these changes have altered the commission’s policy, as the Executive committee is still composed of Irish, Chapman, Madden and the new man. I have done the best I could under my present light, but would have felt much more free to write if I had been posted up to the latest movements. If you don’t find use for what I have written I shall not expect pay, for there is nothing in it but what you might have written yourself as to substance, and with various improvements as to shape.06363
1891 Jul 7
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