W[illia]m E. Colby


John Muir


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[1][letterhead]Jan. 6 [1909]Dear Mr. Muir:We are fighting our best at this end of the line and have started an avalanche of protest. We are planning to back this up and crystallize public opinion by preparing a brief pamphlet with ten or a dozen of the best views and send to 1500 of the great newspapers of the nation and also place one in the hands of every member of congress. This will mean more money unfortunately but is well worth this expenditure. I suppose you saw by the papers that Bade' has been putting in some heavy licks in Washington. It was the best thing we could have done to send him East. On the train he met Rev. E. L. Parsons a cousin of Herbert Parsons, a member of the Public Sands Committee, and chairman of the New York State Republican Committee & got him [intensely?] interested. It is too bad that money is the main deterrent to limit our efforts. Parsons & I have raised considerable, have put up ourselves as much more but one telegram (and we have sent dozens) cost us $29.00 We have already spend $350.00 — We will have to get more members to contribute but to call on our membership publicly now would mean to split the club wide open. When we get rid of our associate on the [Bond?] we can work more smoothly.If "the powers that be" are back of us we will win as you say & if not, we will still have made a grand fight & awakened public conscience.(over)04395


San Francisco

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[1909 ?] Jan 6


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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