John Muir


[Theodore Roosevelt]


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3in all the Park excepting Yosemite. It is accessible all the year, & is not more mosquitoeful than Yosemite. "The conversion of Hetch Hetchy into a reservoir will simply mean a lake instead of a meadow." But Hetch Hetchy is not a meadow: it is a Yosemite Valley .... [in margin: Insert here the part marked on back of p.2.] Engineer, Mr Marsden Manson also calls the Valley "a lowlying meadow" "a common minor feature" in no sense a natural curiosity or wonder" & to submerge it "would greatly enhance the beauty of the Park.I pray therefore that the people of California be granted time to be heard before this reservoir question is decided, for I believe that as soon as light is cast upon it, nine tenths or more of even the citizens of San Francisco would be opposed to it. And what the public opinion of the world would be may be guessed by the case of the Niagara Falls.Faithfully & devotedly YoursJM.O for a tranquil camp hour with you like those beneath the Sequoias in memorable 1903.04151


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1908 Apr 21


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 19.5 cm.

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Reel 17, Image 0433

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