T[heodore] P. Lukens


John Muir



March 22 1897

Prof John Muir

Martinez Cal

Dear Friend Muir

Your favor at hand yes I have seen the devliish spirit in Congress toward our Reservation. I have been to work all winter. I have sent long telegrams to our represeentatives imploring them to do all they could to prevent our reservations being cut down to any extent. but I tell you there are so many who care nothing for the forests and care nothing for the devastating effect on the country the cutting of the timber would bring about. they only hope to make a few dollars out of it. Recomendations by the State board of Forestry. the State board of trade, & by the Sierra Club. would have much greater influence with Congress. than the pleadings of individuals. Prof Sargent and his associates with whom you worked last summer could

do a great deal of good. no one man in the world cane place the forests claims before them so clear and forceably as your own dear self. no one knows as well as you the value of our Forests. that their use for lumber is but a small part of the value.
I am very sory there has been no meeting of the Sierra Club. I was anxious to attend. and here lots of these things, discussed.
Mrs Lukens & I have been quite sick for two weeks just going around a little.
I am trying hard to get out of business & spend the rest of my days in the mountains
We all including little Lottie send love Kindest regards to you and family

Sincerely Yours

T. P. Lukens


Pasadena, Cal

Date Original

1897 Mar 22


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 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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