P. B. Van Trump
Yelm, Wash. June 26 - 1900.
Dear Mr. Muir:
You will see by the enclosed sheets of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that I am still pegging away at the Sheepmen and incidentally serving the legislators over whose eyes the former have succeeded in "pulling the wool". As I sorely need the position I hold (P.M.), it is doubtless bad policy to antagonize the Senator who controls the federal appointments in the state, but, I am first of all such an enthusiastic mountaineer, such a friend of the national park and such a lover of nature, that I can not remain mute (feeble though my uttered voice be) when such outrages are attempted. I have been very much concerned at seeing no organized effort on the part of the Sierra Club and
the, "[Mazainas?]" to frustrate, if possible, this legislation. Last summer I warned my [Mazaina?] friends that this legislation would be attempted this winter. I am positive that if the proposition to allow sheep, or stock generally, in the mountain meadows were put to vote in this state a large majority would vote against it, and am equally sure that a majority of the members of Congress from the Eastern states would oppose the grazing bill in its present form if they thoroughly understood the measures as applying to forest reserves and mountain parks.
Yours most sincerely
P.B. Van Trump
1900 Jan 26
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.
Van Trump, Philemon Beecher, "Letter from P. B. Van Trump to John Muir, 1900 Jan 26 ." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4223.
Reel 11, Image 0037
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