[Henry Fairfield] Osborn
[illegible]Martinez, .July 15, 1913Dear Friend OsbornI had no thought of your leaving your own great work and manyfold duties to go before the House Committee on the everlasting HetchHetchy fight, but only to write to members of Congress you might know,especially to President Wilson a Princeton man. This is the 23rd ^fyear of almost continual battle for preservation of Yosemite NationalPark, sadly interrupting my natural work. Our enemies now seem to behaving most everything their own wicked way working beneath obscuring tariff and bank clouds, spending millions of the peoples money forselfish ends. Think of three or four ambitious shifty traders politicians calling themselves "The City of San Francisco" bargaining with the United States for half of the Yosemite Park like Yankee horse traders, as if the grandest of all our mountain playgrounds full of God's best gifts, the joy and admiration of the world,were of no more account than any of the long list of tinker tariff articles.Where are yon going this summer? Wish I could go with you. The pleasure of my long lovely Garrison-Hudson Castle Rock days grows only the clearer and dearer as the years flow byMy love to you, dear friend, and to all who love youEver gratefully affectionately John Muir
1913 Jul 15
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