John Muir


John Muir


[Charles Sprague] Sargent


Martinez, Oct 28, 1897.

My dear Sargent

I am very glad to learn that your daughter is now out of danger. The strain on you all must have been terrible.
That Dana & Stiles are gone is indeed a great loss & makes forest matters look worse than ever but public opinion on the side of right is growing & we need not despair so long as God lives. Some will be saved of our grand woods. I can't believe that matters are going to be mismanaged forever.
I read the copy of Bliss' appointment of Pinchot & the instructions he gave him with perfect astonishment. That Mr Pinchot would accept such an appointment I never could have believed But this sort of false work has no endurance & he can look for a very sudden change.

Ever Yours

John Muir


I regret not receiving this copy a few days earlier for I had just sent an article on the reservations to Page & I should certainly have noticed this montrous business given at least a good long paragraph to it One feeble part of the Forestry Commission has thus been given the work that had already most ably been done by the whole without even mentioning what had been done. For a parallel to this even in downright darkenss & idiotic stupidity the records of civilization may would be searched in vain. How Mr Pinchot without a word to his colleagues could lightly accept such a commission & go [illegible] can't imagine when the time comes for letting in light on this [dry goods?] forestry--Pinchot & Coast Surveyed--let me know & Ill try to help
Remember me to Abbot when you next write to him & to bright time defying plant loving plant plucking Canby. I enjoyed his companionship ever so much. The way he compelled the startled plant people to tell their names & pushed them into their places is a warning & a judgement & an inspiration to the lazy--a capital kicking indomitable untirable fellow with a knowing eye for everything from Cuscenta up & down. May his tribe increase.

Ever Yrs



Martinez, [Calif.]

Date Original

1897 Oct 28


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 1122

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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