C[harles] S. Sargent


John Muir




Jamaica Plain, Mass.
November 28, 1896.

My dear Muir:

I am much obliged for your notes about the distribution of Pines, etc. You blandly suggest my doing justice to pinus ponderosa and Pinus contorta in The Silva. I do not know, however, how you expect me to do it. I thought I knew a little of something about these trees before I got in with you and travelea in the west this summer. Now my ignorance about them is supreme. As it is always easy to write of things one does not know, I shall perhaps be able to satisfy some people in The Silva, although neither you nor I are going to be contented with what I say on this subject.
I saw Johnson in New York the other day and he has written you, no doubt, about the letters on forestry. I hope you will not fail to write them. You can do so better than any one else and any letters from you on the subject will be extremely useful at this time. You know the situation and my views of it, and you can write from outside the Commission much more effectively than I can inside of it.
I went to Washington the other day to see the President and the Secretary of the Interior and had most satisfactory interviews with them. They are both fully alive to the importance of our subject and will do what they can to help. I came away with the conviction.



tion that our summer's work had not been lost and that something good was going to be done in the course of a few months. In the meantime all the missionary work that can be done through the newspapers will help. This I consider of the utmost importance.
While in New York I went out to see the site of a new Botanic Garden they are trying to get up and in stupidly stepping over an old stone wall tore the ligaments of my ankle badly. I have been in bed for a week and am now done up in a big plaster cast which will keep me on crutches for six weeks, I fear, and shall probably be more or less lame all winter. It is too bad that this came now and in such a useless and foolish fashion, for I have never had so much work on my hands and so many things to attenu to which require the use of two legs. My only consolation is that it would have been a great deal worse if this had happened at Waldo or Crater Lake.

Faithfully yours,

[illegible]John Muir, Esq.

Martinez, Cal.



Jamaica Plain, Mass

Date Original

1896 Nov 28


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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File Identifier

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