John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


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4secure the reservation of considerable bodies not now reserved, so as to include, as far as possible, all mountain ranges & any other considerable bodies of government timber land which may exist..... I shall recommend the general withdrawal of all lands as the best plan, but if it is out of reach, I wish to be in a position to describe accurately such large bodies of government forests, that with good will on the part of the President, we could secure essentially the same result. Of course, we can be said to have secured nothing so far except the chance to fight, but even that is a great thing". Draw what comfort you can from this. For my part I find nothing at all in it that is dependable. He says further, "I learned yesterday (Dec 14) that my direct connection with the Interior Department may terminate with this year". Draw what comfort you can from this. To me it seems all fog & mush. When shall we meet again? What do you say to a trip through the interior of Alaska next summer, we'll see Mugin & Patton, & [pecan?] [celba?] by the the time your glorious Silva is done I will be ready for most anything sylvan. Ever yours John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Jan 3


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Reel 10, Image 0025

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