Letter from John Muir to [William C.] Hendricks, 1875 Nov 20." by John Muir

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Muir, John
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2 [3]of the quarty sands & gravels of your deep places. Keith has just received a check from Wilson of Cinncin =ati for $2,500.00 gold for a painting 6 ½ ft by 4, & though a large price, the landscape is well worth the money. I wish something could be done this season by your law builders for the preservation of our magnificent forests. No part of the resources of our young state is so little apprec= =iated, & so ruthlessly destroyed. Destruction in this particular is infinitely greater than fair use [4]& once destroyed can never be fully restored. The forests should be carefully explored, & the area of each kind of timber, together with its value, & the means necessary for its preservation carefully studied & estimated. So also as regards the available water supply for mining & agricultural purposes, & the methods for saving it, the greatest ignorance & confusion prevails. It seems to me that the first labors of a scientific survey ought to be directed towards finding out what nature has bestowed, what minerals, what