R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


March 20th, 1893.



My dear Mr. Muir:-

I have made my personal protest in a letter to the President against the appointment of John P. Irish as Commissioner of Public Lands, and I do not believe that that appointment will be made; but if good citizens of California care anything about the matter, it is time that they also should protest, or else forever after hold their peace. I consider it a part of good citizenship to warn the President of his peril in making such an appointment. Why should this type of man flourish by the sufferance of the citizens whom he misrepresents? Is there nobody in California who sees the peril and disgrace of such an appointment or is it time that the S. P. has the state under its thumb. And if this be the case why speak of California as part of the free republic. “Who would be free themselves [illegible] strike the blow!” Stir up some of the “timid good” to action.

Mr. John Muir,

Martinez, California.


Robinson is here and I’m trying to get Hoke Smith to give him an interview on the general subject of forest preservation. I an also recommending to him[(S.)?] to consult you and ward of Alameda & Charles S. Sargent, the authority on trees, with a [view?] to an early establishment of a policy of care for the forest preserve. Next winter if I am alive, there will be a move to repeal the grant of 1864 through an investigation. Thanks for your letters and information. I am keeping a file.

Yours faithfully,

R. N. Johnson

Hoke Smith

New Sec. Int.



…Union Square, New York

Date Original

1893 Mar 20


Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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