[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez, March 27, 1899My dear JohnsonWe have won the fight against forest enemies The Sheepmen are nowhere, I'll send you a copy of Hermanns reply to a telegram Olney & I sent him. Ive spent most of the winter on forest protection at least Ive done little besides writing about it. For the first time we are to have a lot of guards in the Sierra Reservation with orders to keep out sheep etc & two troops of Cavalry have been ordered to the National Parks as usual inspite of the miserable Manilla war.If only a few soldiers were mixed with the civil guards I think sheepdays would be over in California forests. Public opinion on our side is certainly growing & becoming more active-while thieves are less hopeful-getting the resolutions under Civil service rules will be a grand gain.I have just been writing to Gilder about the biography business. I have not done a thing as far as actual work on it-& it still seems far off. I have not much that is striking to tell in my smooth happy wild life excepting what I have seen & since nobody would walk with me it must be hard to make my studies readable to most book people.1 Still I may try it sometime after this forest stuff is off my handsThen I have a Yosemite book to write for you & a glacial Article. I would like to write the Rainier Park as you suggest in your [letter] but I cant promise just now I must [try to get] a lot of half done work finished.Ever yoursJohn Muir1JM holograph note insterted later at this point "Twice I tryed to coax friends into a fine Canon & both balked because forsooth a stone & bush were in the way."10025
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