W[illiam] R[ussell] Dudley
June 16. 1902
My Dear Mr. Muir
I am just going up the South Fork Ka[illegible]h and intending to range over the [illegible] east and south of here once more, doing some photographing of sequoias and making what [Muir?] studies I can. I return in July to the University You once offered me the use of your notes on the Sequoias, as you have now published your articles on them and I shall therefore not be using any thing you may want to make use of. I want to call on you sometime in Aug. or Sept. or later if it seems desirable to talk them over. What I am doing will be turned over to the Bureau of Forestry [eventually?] for most part.
When you come through here or are in the Grand Forest I want you to talk with Mr Britten the Park Ranger. or with Mr Welch of Three Rivers or any of the citizens hereabouts about the matter of slaughter of deer - [even?] [illegible] & fa[illegible], by the soldier patrol in the two Natural parks of this Co. My belief is that they are right as to the desirability of changing rule 5 of the Park regulations, and that the killing of deer or other game in the parks should be absolutely forbidden. I have so written to Pinchot, asking him to see the Sec'y of Interior, so that a change may be [illegible] this summer. Soldiers should be prohibited from carrying any but side arms in the park They [dynamite?] fish also the most vicious practice that exists. Can you not write
Secy Hitchcock, or other wise use your influence to put matters on the right basis if you are convinced, as I am that the parks are being used as a game preserve for very common soldiers, while citizens are liable to arrest if found with guns in the parks. The principle is wrong. Also ask Mr Britten about the letters he has received relative to allowing the owners of Round Meadow [etc.?] to haul out wood on the new govt road when completed. This is an old question - that of the strong desirability of exhausting [their?] titles to all private claims on the Grant Forest before this road is completed. If trees about Round & Tharps meadow are cut, it means a ruin of the most charming feature of the Park. Whether they are cut
or not cut. Jordan and [Mark?] should not own land there to derive revenue from it in future on account of the building of the govt road I have also written Pinchot strongly about this. Your influence will be greater than any other in this direction and I hope you may use it if you look at as it strikes me. This is not quite so pressing a matter as the deer killing but must be attended to this year. It is reported that Jordan & [Tharp?] s[illegible] these meadows by paying the surveyor .50c an acre to record them as "swamp" lands. I am very sorry I [am?] not f[illegible] the [illegible] of the Sierra Club in the Canon [diacritic], but my work will not permit it [I?] think.
Most Sincerely and respectfully
W R Dudley
Three Rivers [Calif.]
1902 Jun 16
Original letter dimensions: 14 x 21.5 cm.
Dudley, William Russel, "Letter from W[illiam] R[ussell] Dudley to John Muir, 1902 Jun 16." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4682.
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