W[illia]m E. Colby
G. C. Perkins-2driving cattle to and from their private holdings within the Park boundaries, and he is very bitterly opposed to any recession of the Yosemite Valley to the Federal Government by reason of those facts. He Is spending his entire time combating this measure and in stirring up sentiment against it. He is a strong fighter and I ascertained that he had influenced a great many senators against the proposition. You can readily see that we who favor the movement and have no personal animosities to influence our action have difficulty In counteracting this sentiment that is being created. Senator Curtin's main argument is that we have no assurance that the National Government will do any more for the Yosemite Valley than it has done for the Yosemite National Park which he claims is a very insignificant amount. He has influenced so many Senators that it has resolved itself into this proposition: All these Senators have stated to me that if we can give them any positive assurance that the Federal Government will do more for Yosemite Valley than the State has done for it, they will favor the Recession, but in the absence of such proof they are going to oppose it.I have written to you because I think that you can aid us in this situation and request that you will take this matter up for us and write us as strong a letter as you fool justified in doing, stating what in your opinion the National Government would do for Yosemite Valley If it were receded, and if possible, if you could secure for us some similar expression of opinion from other high officials qualified to make a statement in such a matter, for example, the Secretary of the Interior, it would unquestionably be03504
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