Department of the Interior
San Francisco, Feb. 12, 1882.
Dear Friend Muir:
My motive in writing to you was simply for you to have the credit of urging that Bill of 47th Congress, 1st Session, S 363 & S 463 to completion, and the revision of the Boundaries. I did not propose to write to Senator Miller at all myself, and it does matter who does this. You have done more than anyone, etc., etc.It's no use to dwell on these points. There is such a thing as justice. Now all flattery to the dogs, I say you are the man that ought to do it. It wouldn't take you 10 minutes to write all that ought to be written -- the shorter the better--they don't want to read essays and all that. What's the briefest pith is the point - now that is simply to change the boundaries or rather copy verbatim what I sent to you and send it on - extra word or so if you choose. Send your pamphlet - that will serve for all you need to say.
Now if my endorsing anything you write will help at all, why I'm on hand if I have to lie awake with one eye all night!
I just dash off this to prompt you to duty--had you never put your hand to the plow your excuse would have been valid--but now, no. Parry and I, with all friends of the measure here, will consider what we can do after your first move. These Govt. moves toward publie reservations for other generations are yet scarcely inaugurated. If at any time in the future public interest requires them to relinquish they can do so part by part, upon such conditions as justice and righteousness require. I've notion to descant, if indeed it were the proper occasion. There are times and tides - to be taken at the doing flood that tide us on to the good haven of our heart's desire.
With the kindest regards to you all, as ever,
1882 Feb 12
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39 cm.
Kellogg, A., "Letter from A. Kellogg to John Muir, 1882 Feb 12." (1882). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 695.
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