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Letter to Joseph Hooker, February 20, 1882

by John Muir

Martinez Contra Costa Co. California, Feb 20th 1882

Sir Joseph Hooker

Dear Sir,

Our Senator, General Miller intends to introduce a bill into Congress this session with a view to the preservation of a large section of Sequoia forests of the Sierra on the Kaweah and Tule rivers, and I feel sure that a word from you on the importance of the bill would carry a grand pushing power and go far towards insuring the success of the effort.... [last line of photocopy unreadable]

. . . .a few good stirring sentences for our forest king "the noblest of a noble race" and greatly oblige all the tree lovers of the world.

The memories of our camp among the firs and pines and spruce of Shasta will always be bright and joyful. How glad I should be, and many a Californian friend besides, if you and Gray would pair again and come once more to the woods and plains of the Pacific.

Ever cordially yours,

John Muir.

Source: Kew Gardens archives, London, England; transcribed by Graham White

Acquired November 11, 1999

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