[Theodore P. Lukens]
[First draft of letter, in note-book #59] (51)
[To Mr. T.P. Lukens]
I send the first and only replies I received from either P[inchot?] or Perk[ins] to my recommendation for Superintendent. I was surprised to find that there is no vacancy as yet. I don't think Mr. P. has power to appoint Sup[erintendent].
It is hard to deal with politicians and will be until these offices are taken out of the hands of politicians and put on the civil service merit system. I am sorry. Like myself you have your work for your compensation. You will see by the replies to my letters in your favor that the forestry offices are considered the personal property of politicians. Until the civil service merit system is extended over them we can hope for but little good service in the Dept. or recognition of the best men. Sorry that my efforts are in vain. I am,
Ever faithfully yours,
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Theodore P. Lukens], [1902 Jan ?]." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4592.
Reel 12, Image 0153
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