[Robert Underwood] Johnson
43Martinez, Sep. 12, 1895My dear Mr Johnson,I have just got home from a six weeks ramble in the Yosemit & Yosemite National Park. For three years the soldiers have kept the sheepmen & sheep out of the park & I looked sharply at the ground to learn the value of the military influence on the small & great flora On the sloping portions of the forest floor when the soil was loose & friable the vegetation has not yet recovered from the [illegible]bblin & destructive action of the sheep feet & teeth, but where a tough sod on meadows was spread the grasses & blue gentians & [erigerous?] are again blooming in all their wild glory. The sheepmen are more than matched by the few troopers in this magnificent park & the wilderness rejoices in fresh verdure & bl[oom?] only the Yosemite itself in the middle of the grand park is downtrodden, frowsy, & like an abandoned backwoods pasture No part of the Merced & Tuolumne wilderness is so dusty, downtrodden, abandoned & pathetic asBancroft Library
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