Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Raymond, Fresno Co., Cal.

Oct. 4, 1892.

Dear Mr. Johnson:

Now that you have had time to receive welcomes and congratulations from your near-by friends, I would also express my pleasure at learning that you had returned home in greatly improved health. I trust that your strength is solidly established, not soon to be shaken by attacks of illness. I enclose a cutting from the Examiner, the article being by one Allan Kelly, who holds the sinecure position of “State Forester” and knows as much about forest management as does a sucking calf. He is, I believe, playing for the appointment as guardian of Yosemite, when a vacancy


[in margin: Glasscock's rental was to be one dollar per year. Six hundred dollars per year was offered by Leidig, formerly of the Valley.]


shall occur, and is thick as thieves with Washburn, Glasscock and the rest. Accidentally, I met Mr. A. H. Ward at Raymond, the other day. It was my first personal acquaintance with him, and I was much pleased with the man. He told me that he had met one of Mr. Noble’s agents at Mariposa, and had posted such agent on some points of Yosemite matters. I have been here throughout the summer, and my knowledge or information of affairs in the mountains is only second-hand stuff, but apparently the mess up there is worse than ever, and the combine has been putting itself in shape to hold fast. By the way, have you or


can you obtain information as to the truth of the claim made very noisily by J. P. Irish’s friends that that person will “run” the national administration in its dealings with California matters should Mr. Cleveland be slected President. These boasts and the prominence given to Irish (or attained by his pushing himself forward) on the stump will cost not a few votes that might have been thrown for Cleveland. There are many, like myself, who have voted twice for Cleveland but who are thinking of voting for Harrison or of going quail shooting on election day, simply because of the alleged influence had over


[in margin: Heaven preserve us!]


the ex-President by the bully, liar, swindler and thief – Irish. I believe that California’s vote might have been given for Cleveland but for the intervention of the gang of which Irish is one of the mouthpieces and active agents for plunder. If Mr. Cleveland does not know, he ought to know the injury done to him in public estimation by such “support” as that of the Southern Pacific’s bullies of the Irish kind.

Yours Very Truly

Geo. G. Mackenzie


Raymond, Calif.

Date Original

1892 Oct 4


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13.5 cm.

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



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