[C. Hart] Merriam
Martinez, Bee. 31, 1901.
My dear Merriam,
Happy New Tear to yon all. Hay it be as mountainous and good as the last.
The grand lot of beautiful pictures I have already acknowledged in a letter that seems to have gone astray. Many of these photos are the best I have ever seen of the Sierra. I am sorely troubled about my publishers failing to give credit to photographers as I directed and although I carefully wrote the makers name on every photograph I sent them. Not only this but in an advertisement they sent out they say that the book is illustrated by photographs "many of which were taken by the author." Of course I immediately wrote to Houghton-Mifflin about it saying that I never took a single photo in my life, calling attention to their neglect to give credit, and asking them to correct these blunders and omissions, etc. The advertisements they said would be stopped etc. and made vague excuse for mistakes.
As to the Oregon and Washington sheep pasturage. Pinchot said to me in Seattle when I called his attention to an interview in a morning paper that sheep did no harm in the Oregon and Washington forests. This he printed in the principal newspapers soon after the Cleveland reserves were proclaimed with a view to still the storm of protest, and thus he made the hearts of the sheepmen glad. Coville too and indeed nearly the whole Bureau sing the same song, in some form, to avoid opposition and trouble of western Senators.--
Talk of the harmlessness of sheepgrazing in forest reserves when "properly restricted", leasing forest reserves to sheep-owners etc. under wise regulations - "the great importance of sheep industry." And of course you know that these forests are leased to sheepmen every year while almost all influential members of the Forestry Department bend to their wishes like saplings to the wind. But for "a' that" we'll win the fight in these states, as we have in California.
Thanks for reminding me about the Stanislaus reserve, and suggestion as to action of the Sierra Club. Saw Keith the other day - he says Merriam's a good fellow and I've a good, mind to send him a picture. Sawyer will be at our house soon. Tell Miss Rathbun I thank her for her pleasant remembrance. Kind regards to the Baileys. Hope the nuts etc. got to Washington in time for Christmas crackings.
1901 Dec 31
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [C. Hart] Merriam, 1901 Dec 31." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4524.
Reel 11, Image 1080
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