Sept. 19. 1898
My dear Mr. Muir:
Mr. Henry Gannett, the chief topographer of the United States, was in last week to entreat [very?] aid in helping him to find out whether estimates of the standing timber had been made in California and, if they had been compiled, where these estimates were to be found.
The U.S. Govt. seems at last to be making an effort to discover how many trees it owns or ought to own.
I could not tell him anything; but advised him to go to see you.
This, he could not do for lack of time, so I promised to write to you for him to find out whether you could set him on the track of the desired information.
He has been able to get the data in Washington and Oregon and seems satisfied that the lumber men have given him reliable information. I would feel like doubting facts [I?] obtained; but he may have verified them by some personal observation.
If you can aid the Govt. in this matter you may be doing a great service for the trees.
Dr. Merriam of Washington has been camping on Mt. Shasta at timber line nearly all
summer. He report the Coniferous trees are without fruit this year. Carl Purdy was at Summit recently and could not find a single tree of a magnifica with a cone on it.
You were very fortunate to find a tree in bloom last spring. I ought not to say "fortunate" since you were guided by knowledge.
1898 Sep 19
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13.5 cm.
Eastwood, Alice, "Letter from Alice Eastwood to John Muir, 1898 Sep 19." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2186.
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