John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


[illegible] 66a

Martinez, Jan. 23. 1899.

My dear Johnson,

I learned the other day from a reliable source that 200000 sheep were pastured in the Sierra Forest Reservation this last season. & that a company of sheep owners & speculators have sent a man to Washington to try to obtain a lease of the reservation for pasturage for next season. & that they claim to Sierra Club favors leasing the forest lands for this fine use. This is as we might expect after the Washington & Oregon resources were thrown open. Do you know the new Secretary of the Int

or the head of the Land Office I have written to our Senator & Pinchot. Pinchot says he can do little in the matter an editorial in the magazine would be a grand help & in the N.Y. newspapers.
This has been a deadly hard year for forests destruction has gone forward without let or hindrance & the outlook is discouraging. A fine J.P. Irish year. Sheep year. Grippe year I hope you have escaped the grippe a miserable disease. Mrs Muir is down with - has been in bed a month, Try to head off those forest destroyers in Washington

Ever Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1899 Jan 23


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 10, Image 0631

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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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