John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


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I regret not receiving this copy a few days earlier for I had just sent an article on the reservations to Page & I should certainly have noticed this montrous business given at least a good long paragraph to it One feeble part of the Forestry Commission has thus been given the work that had already most ably been done by the whole without even mentioning what had been done. For a parallel to this even in downright darkenss & idiotic stupidity the records of civilization may would be searched in vain. How Mr Pinchot without a word to his colleagues could lightly accept such a commission & go [illegible] can't imagine when the time comes for letting in light on this [dry goods?] forestry--Pinchot & Coast Surveyed--let me know & Ill try to helpRemember me to Abbot when you next write to him & to bright time defying plant loving plant plucking Canby. I enjoyed his companionship ever so much. The way he compelled the startled plant people to tell their names & pushed them into their places is a warning & a judgement & an inspiration to the lazy--a capital kicking indomitable untirable fellow with a knowing eye for everything from Cuscenta up & down. May his tribe increase.Ever YrsJM


Martinez, [Calif.]

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Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

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Reel 09, Image 1124

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