C[harles] S[prague] Sargent


John Muir



Jamaica Plain, Mass., May 3, 1898.

My dear Muir:

I have yours of the 25th telling me of your efforts about the reservations. You or somebody has evidently put in some good work, as on Saturday all the members of the Public Lands Committee of the House agreed to oppose the Senate amendment wiping out the reservations. It won't do to stop here, however, as a few senators are strong in their determination to break up the whole reservation business and the rest of the Senate is entirely indifferent to the subject.
All I know about is contained in this note which reached me a few days ago. I suppose he is off to Paris again unless the Government has grabbed hold of him to build a fort or some other foolish tiling of that sort.
I guess you would be "cranky" if you had such a troublesome job on your hands as I have, although I suppose you would have no difficulty in gathering the flowers of an Abies on the top of the Sierras, a Palm in the Everglades, and another on an uninhabited key between Florida and Havanna, all in the same week.
Come east this summer and we will go and see those Apalachian trees together and get Canby to go with us.

Faithfully yours,

C.S. [illegible]

John Muir, Esq.
Martinez, Cal.


The moving forces on the [illegible] clean [illegible] - common sense of & practiced unclean politics [many?] [senses?] of & impre[illegible] "exceedingly remarkable"
Your main points are [smothered?] in comp[illegible] [unimportant?] [details?]
no amabilis in the Sierra reserve magnifica Pg 105
no noble fir Pg 106
That in some of the jungle forests of India sheep & goats may do good I don't doubt but in our forests, they are only [erst?] [always?]
Forests managed with intelligence & honesty to secure the [serve?] of men qualified with [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] office liberal renumeration
Temporary measures Pg 22, Academy report


Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Date Original

1898 May 3


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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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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