Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
press, in advance of the Legislature's meeting, that no more money be given by the State to be expended by the present sort of management - at least no more than would very economically pay for keeping roads, etc., from going to ruin. I would also urge that a sufficient sum should be appropriated to employ an expert to draw up a detailed plan of future operations in the Valley, and to report on the cost of putting such plan in operation. There will be no difficulty in getting one or more Senators and as many Assemblyman to present and back such a programme. The difficulty is that scarcely anybody in California is sufficiently informed of the details of matters around Yosemite to be able to present them in the most forcible shape. There are some of these details which would not be pertinent in appeals to Congress or the public of the whole country, butwhich will be both pertinent and forcible if rightly presented to the Legislature. In some manner or other I will certainly get the matter put before the public; but I judge it best to wait until I get word from you about the recommendation of which you wrote. I am, indeed, in something of a quandary about that subject. Should I accept employment in the Nat'l Park, I would in a manner debar myself from pitching into the Valley management, and I cannot help thinking that a lot more pitching in will be necessary in order to fix things up nicely. On the other hand, I might be able to do more good, in a different way, than if I were to continue to simply whack away at the commissioners in the press. I have been questioning myself whether I ought not to write to you that I would not entangle myself in any official01035
1890 Dec 22
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