John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


[in margin: 30.00

Martinez, March 27 1898

My dear Johnson

You are incorrigible. You should go to Alaska nothing less cooling than things hyperborean will cure you.
I still look for lots of good work from Pinchot. His differences with Sargent on Forest administration I dont much mind, but his giving way like snow in than to the sheep owners & political agents of forest robbers is mighty discouraging. He told me last summer that in his opinion sheep in moderate numbers did no harm to Washington & Oregon forests. But if any are allowed all will push in. Nowhere are the destructive effects of sheep & shepherds more deplorably displayed than in the forests of the Cascades. Thank heaven we have at least one unspoilable reservation in the North. Come on let us go to it, retreat from your editorial battles into the peaceful society of Polar bears & the storms of the Arctic Highlands. 'Here bring your wounded heart' [to?]

Ever yours truly

John Muir

*As to forest administration costly experience indicates that any scheme excluding the military will be a dismal failure however able & faithful the directing experts may be.


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Mar 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0123

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

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