John Muir


[Theodore Roosevelt]


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[Rough draft of letter][Martinez, January 27 1908]Dear Mr. President [Roosevelt]:I wish you another of your great new years. When I was walking with Emerson through the giant Sequoias above Wawona he quoted the Scripture, "There were giants in those days, mighty men of old, men of renown." Many are beginning to see that there are giants in these days also, by none made more manifest than yourself in the work you have done and are doing joining the oceans, controlling and putting to right our land-ways and water-ways - mountains, forests, deserts, gardens - overcoming all obstacles like a glacier, serene amid the maddest maelstroms, going ahead with the strength of God's simple, unchangeable, foundational righteousness. The world is growing better, though hard to believe it in the midst of the mad commercial maelstrom now whirling over the country like sand and dust storms on a desert, but these shall pass away - things refuse to be mismanaged long. Good citizens here as everywhere admire you and love you. You have all our hearts, and though we regret your presidency is drawing near the end we are glad to know that your work will go on and that in reality you will be our President as long as you live. I thank you for saving the Tamalpais redwoods, and doubt not you will save our great Yo[semite] Park from the commercial money changers. Not a decent citizen of all the country or the world who knows the facts of this Yo[semite] affair is in favor of spoiling it. To make reservoirs of city parks or cathedrals would hardly be greater crimes against right use.This greeting has been delayed by my daughter Helen's illness. I have taken her to the Mohave desert and fondly hope the dry healing air will bring back her natural Scottish wholeness and strength.Through everything, my dear Mr. President, I am,Faithfully yours,[John Muir]04047


Martinez, Calif.

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1908 Jan 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 17, Image 0114

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