C[harles] S[prague] Sargent
ARNOLD ARBORETUM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY,
Jamaica plain, mass, june 27, 1898.
My dear Muir:
I have your note of the 21st telling me that you are sending another lot of Abies flowers. I am glad to get them as every tree sharp in the world who deserves such specimens will be glad of a share, as these flowers do not exist in any herbarium in this country or Europe.
I do not very well see how Canby could refuse to be of our party if he wants to after the handsome compliments which you write about him and which I am sending on to cheer him in his old age.
Of course Pinchot does not want military protectors in the forest. He is paid to [illegible] up political guardians and he is going to do it. I suppose you know that he has been appointed to and accepted the position of Chief of Forestry of the Agricultural Department. This is a good place for him. He can do no harm there and after a very short time people will cease to pay any attention to what he says. I should judge he had got pretty nearly to the end of his term.At any rate the men who know him and his ideas as well as we do have no confidence either in his motives or intelligence—-but why waste time and words on such a subject When there are trees to think and write about?
Just now I am deep in Picea, leaving Abies for the end of this volume, which is already about two-thirds written and will, I
hope, he finished before we meet, I am looking forward to the time of my life on this trip.
John Muir, Esq.
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
1898 Jun 27
Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.
Sargent, Charles Sprague, "Letter from C[harles] S[prague] Sargent to John Muir, 1898 Jun 27." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2160.
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