Creator

John Muir

Creator

[John Muir]

Recipient

[Charles Sprague] Sargent

Transcription

Dear Professor Sargent:

It is with mortal disgust that I bother you again about the time of sailing after it has already been twice fixed, & berths engaged. I am being worried out of my senses with letters telegrams & telephone messages about the President's little trip to Yosemite. Here is the whole confounded story: glance over it & tell me what you think of it.
A week or two after agreeing to go to Russia with you I heard through our Senators that the President wished to make

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an excursion with me into the high Sierra some time in April or May.
Later several other more definite messages came to me through President Wheeler of our State University to all of which I [replied?] that a prior engagement would prevent my making the trip unless it was to be made very early.
Yesterday I received still another letter from Wheeler

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stating that the President would arrive at Raymond by special train Friday morning, May 15th drive through the Mariposa Grove & Yosemite & return to Raymond on the evening of the 18th thus allowing me, if I could go, to leave for Boston May 19th or 20th - & begging me to write you etc. though I had assured him our arrangements were all made, berths secured etc. Yesterday I also received a letter from the President, from which I quote.

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A four days trip seems a small affair to make such a fuss about, & could not justly be allowed to derange plans for a six or eight months trip, still it would be a good chance to talk forest affairs & especially to urge immediate action on the proposed reservation of the Northern Sierra forests, against which the lumbermen sheepmen etc are now making a bitter fight. Thus however might perhaps be about as effectively discussed in a letter or two. Anyhow tell me as soon as you can by

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telegraph whether or not without causing undue haste or confusion of any sort I have time to make this four day trip. Whichever way you decide I'll be heartily satisfied & start for Boston in thankful mood any day you say.
I hope you will like the Silva review; when you read the proof strike out anything you object to.

Faithfully yrs

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telegraph whether or not without causing undue haste or confusion of any sort I have time to make this four day trip. Whichever way you decide I'll be heartily satisfied & start for Boston in thankful mood any day you say.
I hope you will like the Silva review; when you read the proof strike out anything you object to.

Faithfully yrs

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Mt Kenya is Equatorial Africa
Few of natures agents of d[illegible]tion have left monuments as great & it is not easy even enduring after a life time of study to realize the amount of earth sculpture done by these vast ice sheets & ice streams during the last gl. prd Gls. are streams of closely compacted & welded snow crystals. In the development & modeling of land [illegible]ing probably more than a mile of rock have been ground rubbed & cast into the sea.

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Dear Prof Sargent

It is with mortal disgust that I bother you again about the time of sailing after it has already been twice fixed, & berths engaged. Here is the whole confounded story, & which ever way you settle it I will be heartily satisfied.
A week or two after agreeing to go with you I received a vague message from the President through our senators stating that he wished to make

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Location

[Martinez, Calif.]

Source

Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir13_0314-let.tif

File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0314

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date

1984

Pages

5 pages

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