Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore


John Muir



January 7th 1894

Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Muir,

Just after meeting you I received word of the appointment of the Sierra Club's committee.
I [enclose?] you a copy of the bill drawn up by Major Po[m?]le--cut by the same pattern as the one by which the Yellowstone was made. Prof. F[illegible]'s bill has a hearing this week. We grant that much courtesy, but wait no longer. There will probably be hearings before the Senate Committee on Public Lands and then we hope that our scientists [etc?] will come down heavy with arguments.
I hope you will make Mr. Johnson of your committee your general eastern agent and urge him to help us all he can. He has already done much and he suggests our showing all the photographs of scenery etc that we possibly can, so that

any contributions of that which will be gratefully received by our committees.
We are to have Rev E.C. Smith, who has twice climbed the peak, lecture to us here on the 19th as part of the scheme of "whooping it up."
Prof. Davidson shall be gathered in, you may believe.
Capt. Hooper has been here some weeks and leaves for his home tomorrow. I have heard that Capt. Carroll is coming on to secure legislation for Alaska. You know that an attempt was made to secure the governorship for him. Could anything have been more absurd? Parks
The map I [enclose?] you is the legal one from government surveys and lately made surer by decision of Board of Geographic Names. The same surveyor who found the trees "600 ft high by instrumental measurement"--and then came down to 350 feet--made a map last year and renamed the glaciers to suit himself. The Board of Names promptly turned his map down.


Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore



Washington, D. C.

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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