John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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Martinez, April 20, 1890.Dear Mr Johnson,I have just received yours of the 14th & make haste to answer it. I dont like Mack's last Times letter at all. The truth is, unless I am very much mistaken, he is with the adversary as an attorney. As long as he was dealing in generalities looking forward to what the present Yo. management wanted most of all, the extension of the grant, he did well. But as I knew all along that he was with the Washburn's or R.R. Co. I have been watching sharply for him to show his hand, as the gamblers say, & he has shown it in this letter oppossing the Vandever Bill. What he wants, & what the Stage & Hotel Co. want, & the R.R. Co want seems to me from Mack's letter to be just this, Let the grant be extended under promise of reformation of the management, & let the present management be their own reformers. The legislature meets next year Mack tells us & will be sure to grant any desired reformation of the "wicked sinful management." This may sound well in the east, but we know here that whatsoever the


Martinez, [Calif]

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1890 Apr 20


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