John P. Irish
BOARD OF YOSEMITE VALLEY AND BIG TREE GROVE COMMISSIONERS.
213 GRANT AVENUE.
26 Montgomery St., Room 6,
September 1st 1890
Mr. John Muir,
My Dear Sir,
In the "Century" for August you speak of hogs and cattle and the plow and ax rapidly destroying the Yosemite Valley.
I am anxious to secure evidence and information concerning the Valley, and know of no better source than yourself. Will you kindly let me know when you saw hogs roaming at large in the Valley, and whether the ax has been used there to clear fields for the plow, and by whom and on what part of the floor?
You will also do me an esteemed favor if you will give me a statement of the condition of the Valley when you first saw it, as contrasted with its condition now in regard to its tree growth. Are there more or less trees and brush in the Valley now than then?
I am seeking facts upon which to make up my mind whether California must confess delinquencies in the management of the grant which should shame her into abdication of her trust.
JOHN P. IRISH
JOHN P. IRISH imagines that he is running for Congress in the Third. He imagined once before that he had converted the people of Oregon to the doctrine of free wool. He also thought a few months ago that he had downed the Century Magazine.
THIS is the kind of a man John P. Irish is. In a speech at Vallejo the other day, he said: "If you want your boys to grow up and learn a trade in the penitentiary, vote for McKenna and the McKinley bill."
San Francisco, [Calif`]
1890 Sep 1
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Irish, John P., "Letter from John P. Irish to John Muir, 1890 Sep 1." (1890). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1945.
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