C[ornelius] N[ewton] Bliss


Gifford Pinchot




June 19, 1897.

Mr. Gifford Pinchot,
2 Grammercy Park, New York City.


I have this day appointed you as a special forest agent under the provisions of the Sundry Civil Act approved June 4, 1897, with compensation of ten dollars per day when actually and necessarily employed, and actual traveling expenses and a per diem of three dollars

3. Their resources other than forests, such as mines and grass and agricultural lands.
4. The principles which should govern future modifications of the boundaries of the forest reserves as tol extension and contraction, and the application of the same to individual reserves after the surveys have been completed, in accordance with the provisions contained in the Sundry Civil Act approved June 4, 1897.
You will also submit for my consideration a practicable plan for the establishment of a forest service with specific recommendations in regard thereto. You will enter upon the discharge of your duties on the first of July, 1897, and thereafter submit for my consideration a monthly statement setting forth such steps as you have taken to carry out my instructions in the premises, briefly indicating the results of your work during such periods.
If, at any time, you require further instructions or any question arises which, in your judgment, requires the action of the Department, you will at once submit the matter to me.

Very respectfully,
C. N. Bliss,


Washignton [D.C.]

Date Original

1897 Jun 19


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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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