Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Sep. 30, 1893.
Mr. Johnson and I came here last evening, and we have spent the day industriously interviewing everybody we could find likely to be influential in Yosemite and forest affairs. We have seen and had good long talks with Bowers, Hoke Smith, Fernow, Mr. Johnson's brother, Perkins and others whose names I have forgotten. Perkins is stopping at this hotel, and I expect to see him again tomorrow before starting for Chicago. Mr. Johnson goes with me to Chicago. We start at 11:35 A.M.
It is now near midnight, and I am a little tired. We have seen all the public buildings, were in the House and Senate, and heard speeches in both, etc. I should like to call on Mrs. Alexander, but guess I'll not find time for her or for Miss Scidmore.
Washington is a smooth, half shady, rather handsome town, but not impressive after New York and Boston, London, Edinburgh, etc. The Capitol dome is not so very grand looking from the outside, but magnificent as seen standing beneath it,-many fine paintings, statues, etc. Also went through the White House - rather nice dwelling, but not at all awfully so.
Johnson's industry and pluck [are] (is) boundless. Perkins says that on his way here he met J. P. Irish, who began a violent attack on me for misrepresenting him in Yosemite affairs. Perkins says he stood up for me and was at a loss to account for Irish's violence. Evidently he had been disappointed in his political hopes and was blaming Johnson and me for doing much against him. His influence here is not great.
Love to the babies and all.
Washington, [D. C.]
1893 Sep 30
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1893 Sep 30." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1006.
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