R[obert] U[nderwood]


John Muir


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J.M.2.Committee, but I am warning people against him and keeping a lookout for him.Your friend (whose name I cannot remember) who is connected with the army, and who was recently in the Yosemite National Park, came to see me, and I took him to The Players and we had a talk. He said he would tell his story to Hoke Smith and the good Bowers (Edward A.) - formerly Assistant Land Commissioner - who, you remember, drafted the provision under which the national forest reservations are made. He is a very level-headed man. (Runcie - that's the name!)What I now wish to know from you is whether you think it would be useful in the cause of recession if I were to have an editorial entitled "Plain Words to Californians", in which, without dwelling too harshly on the Yosemite scandals, I should advocate all friends of nature and of California uniting in favor of recession next winter. I do not wish to be a marplot in your plans. I hope you are organizing for recession. Four or five people in different parts of the state who were really in dead earnest could carry it through against twice as many heelers.I don't know how much of a Jingo you are on the Pacific Slope, but "The Century” does not give harbor to any sentiment of that sort.Faithfully yours,[illegible]02059


New York

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