Aug 20, 1899.
Dear Mr. Muir,
I could not write you on Monday before leaving San Francisco because I did not see Reinstein until the second time I called, about 4pm., and after that I had to get ready for the six o'clock train. Reinstein had a sick headache or neuralgia, or some other trouble that [induced?] him to tie his head up in a towel, but Newell & I had a good talk with him, short as it was. We said little about the Redwood Canyon, but as I am to prepare a scheme for the spending of $150,000 on forest work in California for Reinstein's unknown [friend?], I care less about that. I shall have a better sha[illegible] later on. Even then it may not be necessary, for a lunch with Marsden Manson last Monday I told him about your plan to
he said at once he know the man who would buy the land & give it to the State [Univ.?]., and that he would see him that afternoon about it. One way or another, it seems likely the [thing?] will get done.
My meeting with the Redwood men was very satisfactory. After a good deal of more or less general [illegible]th they voted to raise $1000 to [illegible] me to start with this fall, and $300. was subscribed before the meeting broke up. They also offered free transportation and free grub for all my men. When they offered that [leave?] down to $1000. in my estimate, and there seems to be no doubt whatever that I shall get it. The Sec. of [their?] Association was appointed to select the subscription, and I rather think I shall hear from him very soon. On that side I am much encouraged. Whatever their motive it is worth a good deal to have [lumbermen?]
go down into their pockets to help along forest work, and it ought to mean also a good big increase from Congress next fall.
That trip with you and the Doctor, short as it was, is one of the brightest spots in my year. I cannot help regretting most deeply that we could not have gone on to the American River grove, but if I can get out again this fall, as I intend to do, perhaps you will need a rest from your writing them. To make a trip with you on foot, with my pack on my back, has been one of my keenest hopes since the summer of the National Commission.
The trip across by Tahoe was most interesting and instructive, but I did hate to go away & leave it - all that splendid broken eternity where a man could go and work & get the wrinkles in his mind smoothed out. I
have to to get into the woods, and [sleep?] in, some time this fall, or my writer's work will not amount to anything. And the prospects for useful work are too good to be wasted for lack of forest made [illegible].
With many thanks for all you kindess,
Very sincerely yours,
1899 Aug 20
Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15.5 cm.
Pinchot, Gifford, "Letter from Gifford Pinchot to John Muir, 1899 Aug 20." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2429.
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