John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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MartinezDec. 6th 1889My dear JohnsonI have your letter with the Yosemite letters, good advice, good wishes & all. Yours on Yosemite would be unfinitely moderate if addressed to clean & clear eyed lovers of God's fountain beauti, but to the commercial heathen in his blindness not too moderate at all. The other laters are good also, & together make a telling statement of valley affairs & I am glad to see that my awkward word on the subject will not be missed though it makes me feel silly that Mackensie turbid with smoke & alcohol should be able to do so well in an hour what I have been unable to do on a theme I love so well [illegible] whole month of effort.


Martinez, [Calif]

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1889 Dec 6


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