Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Raymond, Cal., Dec. 3, ‘91Dear Mr. Johnson:I encountered Henry Washburn last evening at Raymond. He was furiously wroth, refereed to Noble as a damned son of a skunk (to use Mark Twain’s paraphrase,) and was ready to curse everybody. He was very mad at the Examiner, which has an article quoting Mr. Noble as having said that 600 to 800 acres in Yosemite are fenced in and under cultivation. I don’t believe Mr. Noble’s report could have said that. I hope it did not make that error, because nothing like that much land has ever been cultivated at one time. Indeed I don’t think that the cultivation at all times has covered so much ground. I ascribe the mistake to the blundering Examiner and not to Mr. Noble. Washburn, however, said that not even 600 acres was fenced, and that anybody who said to the contrary was a — as above, &c. I immediately told him that to my knowledge the assertion was true, for a rough estimate, but that perhaps they had been taking down06372
1891 Dec 3
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