John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson



Martinez July 2, 1891

Dear Mr Johnson-

Your letters & telegram received. I am bending & stretching at the oar in this Kings River article hard as I can. Had a good trip but a little hard. Had to walk in the Yosemite from the Sequoia Park. Rain sleet snow & flooded streams slid 2 miles on dead avalanche. Mule with all our goods went down the river but was caught on a grand [illegible] Robinson grawling & blaming the sun spots for all. etc etc etc But we had a fine rich time for a’ that.


Mr J. P. Moore of Moore & Smith told me that they owned 60,000 acres of forest land on King, [Kahwoah?] & Tule rivers Besides the 10,000 acres of Sequoia lands in the Tule [illegible] They offer to sell to the Goverment the fine Converse Grove of Sequoias located near the Gen. Grant National Park. & perhaps if the means by which they gained little to so vast a body of land was investigated they might be [illegible] to part with more still. They are now busily engaged in the work of Sequoia destruction blasting the giants into manageable fragments for their mills. Will send some photographs to illustrate this as soon as I receive them. Here is one. Will send map tomorrow & the [M?] S. soon as finished. Ever yrs John Muir.

is regulations for the governance of le Yosemite reservation, issued by the Secretary of the Interior, are in some respects exacting, but they are, on the whole, wise. A mistaken impression got about that campers would not be allowed to build fires within the reservation, but a reading of the printed rules shows that the prohibition only extends to the making of fires in places where it is likely to spread. The prohibition of trespass by sheepmasters is entirely proper, and we hope will be strictly enforced, but there are already signs that pressure will be brought On the department to amend "the order so as to allow flocks of sbeep to through the park on the way to "pastures beyond. L. U. Shippee of Stockton, for instance, is already preparing a protest against the exclusion of his sheep.


More Sheepmen to Be Prosecuted for Invading Yosemite Park.
WAAWONA June 27.—Lieutenant Davis re-turned this evening from another patrolling trip through the Yosemite National Park, trespass. They are all sheepmen, whom he found inside the National Park with their flocks of sheep.He ordered them to move out of the park, which they did, but when the patrolling party left them they move Lieutenant Davis and wer4e arrested and brought to camp, along with their pack mules, jogs ? and camping outfits. This is arrested. The first lot were released yesterday on $300 bonds each, to appear for trial if the Federal authorities want them. They are all very indignaut at being arrested, but Captain Wood, the commanding officer, has ordered his Lieutenants to keep patrolling the park, and says he has been sent here to protect the park and keep the sheep out, and that the proposed to have it done.


Something About the Style and Variety of Paper It Will be.

SanFrancisco Post.

Colonel John P. Irish is determined that, although the people of this city by a large majority decided at the last election that they were disgusted with Democratic methods, they shall hear the words of the Democratic doctrine, and for that purpose he proposes to start a weekly paper of sixteen pages in this city. The journal will be rather novel in its way , owing to the fact that the publisher does not purpose to print any news, society notes, sporting items or any of the articles which are usually considered necessary to the success of a paper.
It is ther intention of Colonel Irish to make his own editorials the distinctive features of his weekly papers, and if he does not feel like writing sufficient matter to fill like writing sufficient matter to fill the columns of the paper he will publish reprint. The appearance of the weekly is anxiously awaited by the warhorses of the once grand old Democratic party.


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1891 Jul 2


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0191

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