Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
This estimate leaves no room for a high-priced official, and perhaps that is a weakness. The horses and material would require renewal at small annual cost. Really, the first annual outlay ought to be $10,000, so as to provide for at least 10 men besides the chief. I write these things to enable you to form an idea of the practical handling of the business. Scatter-brains will say, as I have heard said, that hundreds of men would be required to guard the Park. My limit is a narrow one, but it will serve. The greatest trouble in the Park management will be the question of the rights of persons who own lands within the reservation. There are many difficulties likely to arise from that source. An attempt to decide them arbitrarily will create an [outery?] that will crush the last bit of popularity of the Park undertaking, and the old Yosemite crowd will be quick to take advantage of such a mistake. A little display of military arbitrareness is what that combination prays for. If, in outlining the Park, the boundaries suggested by me had been followed, there would have been no difficulty of that kind, and, as well as I can see, all other purposes would have been sufficiently met. There may be on foot some large proposition of Park management, of which I am not informed, but, according to my light, the whole present question is as I have put it — leaving out, of course, many details of park improvement. I have no expectation of future usefulness in06359
1891 Feb 4
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