Gifford Pinchot


Gifford Pinchot


John Muir




Dec. 9th, 1896,.

John Muir, Esq.,
Martinez, Cal.

My Dear Mr. Muir:-

I am going to take the liberty of sending -you another copy of my little book on the White Pine, because I want very much to have you see it, and because I am fearful else the copy which I sent you last Spring may have been lost. If the two reach you safely perhaps you can find someone else upon whom the burden of one of them may be thrown.
As Prof. Sargent may have written you, the report of the Commission will not be presented to the coming Congress but to its successor. While I had been strongly in favor of immediate action, still my own personal convenience is very materially served by this delay for it has given me a chance to get at certain work which would otherwise have been still longer delayed. I am going ahead with it now full steam.
In accordance with your advice, and also I must say, with my own inclination in the matter, I have made no answer to Mr. Fer-now; After going over his article very carefully I found that an adequate answer would be so vigorous an attack on his whole conception of Forestry in this country that I did not think the result would be worth the quarrel. On the other hand, I am trying to get



"square" with him by laying the foundations for two more books, so that he will eventually have considerable new material upon which to exercise himself.
My hope for getting into the West this winter is completely gone. In fact, I am beginning to figure rather anxiously on the time which will see the end of the office work which confronts me now. I am laying plans for another trip to the West, beginning, if it is in any way possible, about the middle of May. But whether any such luck will befall me is, I am afraid, very doubtful, for a good many reasons. If it does I will, of course, write you as soon as I know myself, and this time I shall most earnestly hope to be able to accompany you on some longer trip than was my fortune last summer. You know that my appetite for being in the woods with you has grown vastly by what it fed on.
Both my father and mother would send their best regards if they knew I was writing. They were both extremely pleased atyour remembrance of them.

Very sincerely yours,



New York

Date Original

1896 Dec 9


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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Reel 09, Image 0524

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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



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