T[heodore] P. Lukens
Dear Mr. Muir:-It has been a long time since I have heard from you. I am anxious to know that you and Helen are in good health. We had the pleasure of meeting Wanda and her husband in the Yosemite, where they were apparently enjoying themselves. We went to Yosemite via Wawona, my first trip that way. What a grand and glorious ride through the forests! All seemed grander than ever before. We spent one day in the Merced Grove, and four days about Washburns: we had a little spice on the way in our stage with others was held up, and we were relieved of some of our rubbish by an old mountain acquaintance. While he recognized me all right, he left me to guess who he was, only his eyes and a part of his nose were visible.Well! I am entirely out of the Government service, the powers in Washington have made it very unpleasant for me the past two years: but I took up the work with this one ambition and hope, namely, to demonstrate the practicability of reforesting our mountains, and with it making a perfect system of fire protection, this I have accomplished. I have worked it all out, but it has required eight years of hard work and study. My compensation in salery has been an average of thirty dollars per month, for the time I was engaged: but the satisfaction of having accomplished that which few believed could be done, and very many declared could not be done is very gratifying: but to continue longer would mean to go hungry and unclothed, so I have gone into the Real Estate business, in which I hope to keep the wolf from the door.I will never cease to regret your not coming to see my work while I was in charge, you know you are responsible for my deep interest in forestry, and I thank you for it all: but I did want so much to show you my pets and have your blessing upon the hopeful trees, that[illegible]03877
circa [ca. 1907 Jun]
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