[Robert Underwood] Johnson
8upper Merced waters there are no mines or settlements of any sort though some few land claims have been established. These would be easily extinguished by purchase. All the basins drained in Yosemite are really a part of the valley as their streams are a part of the Merced. Cut off from its branches Yosemite is only a stump. However gnarly & picturesque no tree that is beheaded looks well. But like ants creeping in the furrows of the bark few of all the visitors to the valley see more than the stump, & but little of that. To preserve the valley & leave all its related rocks waters forests to fire & sheep & lumberman is like keeping the grand hall of entrance of a palace for royalty, while all the other apartments from cellar to dome is given up to the common or uncommon uses of industry butcher shops, vegetable stalls, liquor saloons,
1890 Mar 4
Original letter dimensions unknown.
Reel 06, Image 0395
The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html
The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.