C[harles] Sprague Sargent
W[illia]m R. Dudley
ARNOLD ARBORETUM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
Jamaica Plain, Mass., Feb. 19, 1897.
My dear Professor Dudley:
Our Nal Jursbay Commission is going to recommend the passage of the enclosed bill by the extra session of Congress in order to secure protect ion for the Reserves the summer. It is currently believed that the new Secretary of the Interior is to come from California and it is very desirable that he should come east fully impressed ith the idea of the importance Of preserving the Reserves and National Parks by aid of the military, I find there is no authority for using troops in the California parks, the protection of the Yellowstone National Park alone being covered by existing laws; therefore, without the passage of our bill, the Secretary of war may refuse to continue the detail of troops in the Sierras, Of course you fully understand what this will mean.
I wish you would talk over this matter with Professor Jordan and make some sort of an effort, either individually or as representing the Academy and the University, to induce Judge McKinnae to urge on the President and Congress a passage of our bill which, of course, will be accompanied by a report explaining the dangers to which the Reserves are exposed. There is very little time to attend to this, as I suppose Judge McKennae will soon be starting for t he east.
With kind regards,
C. S. Sargent
Prof. Wm. R. Dudley.
Jamaica Plain, Mass
1897 Feb 19
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Sargent, Charles Sprague, "Letter from C[harles] Sprague Sargent to W[illia]m R. Dudley, 1897 Feb 19." (1897). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2149.
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