[Robert Underwood] Johnson
13From John MuirMartinez, Cal. Jan. 13, 1893.My dear Mr Johnson.I was very glad to get your letter of Dec 8th showing you were well again, as good a man as before your dangerous illness or better with all your capacity for work & fight & poetry jubilant & exuberant I heartily congratulate you & bid you godspeed over the ways of the New Year. I should have written you long ere this but for sickness in the family. For more than a week I did not take off my clothes; watching by the bed of my sick babies. All are well again Thank Heaven. By the way Arme’s father died a short time ago 2& this probably was the cause of his not answering your letters; for he is heartily in favor of the recession of Yosemite & a good worker & good fighter. I think that not less than nine-tenths of the people of Cal are in favor of the recession of the Valley to the Gen Government to be made a part of the national park which naturally it is, But among the other tenth are those who are pecuniarly interested & one man whose pocket is touched to the quick will do more fighting in a case of sentiment & scenery than a thousand who only look at the question in a careless abstract way though they look in the right direction. Very few people in3California care for scenery to any appreciable extent,-to the extent say of subscribing 25 cents each to save Yosemite from being sunk in the sea. El Capitan meadows forests & all though nominally on the right side, We have a few good workers in the Sierra Club those who have friends in the legislature or in Congress have written to them, I have written to Noble & we have got the S.F. Call to take up the subject & some good lively columns are being printed. One of our directors is a state Senator Mr McAllister & he will introduce a bill for recession. Our Sec of State is cordially with us, but the governor seems to be
1893 Jan 13
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