[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez, March 14, 1893.
My dear Mr Johnson.
I was greatly surprised yesterday when I made the discovery that Mr Warren Olney the Vice President of the Sierra Club is a friend of John P. Irish! And I have good reason to believe that he is working for Irish’s appointment to the office of Land Commissioner. I think he has just written to Smith the new Sec of the Interior in his favor. He told me yesterday that he was going to write. I told him what I thought of Irish & how he had [treated?] you & Yosemite, He replied that all this was shameful nevertheless he had many good qualities etc, etc. I have called a meeting of the directors of the club to draw up an address to Noble recognizing the glorious forest work he has done & thanking him
also an address to Hoke Smith hoping he will walk in the same blessed forest ways as his predecessor etc, & perhaps remonstrating against the possible appointment of Irish to the land commission – etc – But you can do infinitely more in this line than we can as you understand all the machinery & are standing close by with your hand on it. I think Mr Irish is now in Washington urging his big democratic claims, & though wicked, like the devil he is smart & has great power in dark places. Do what you can to make light shine on him. The Yosemite report is capital. Go ahead at Washington – California I am convinced will do nothing about recession for a long time though not opposed generally to it.
1893 Mar 14
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1893 Mar 14." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 253.
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