R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J. W. 2anything in the Hetch-Hetchy; that he had declined their permit to make a road up to Lake Eleanor because it would involve the cutting a big swath in the forest.When I proposed that you should go up with him he said he thought it would be better for him to take nobody from either side but to take some Washington officials who knew the region, two or three. After he had left the Club Alden Sampson told me that, all the same. Ballinger wished you to go with him; so perhaps you can have an excuse for another trip.When at Beverly I told The President.without naming the persons, that a distinguished constitutional lawyer and a Judge of the United States District Court had both confirmed my idea that an Act of Congress providing for doing something with a specific purpose could not be nullified by a subsequent Act of Congress of an administrative character, and the President said: "0n your statement of the matter I agreewith you." Now I am sure that the subsequent Act which Garfield invoked did not by any word change the purpose of the.Act of 1890 establishing the National Park. When I told this to Ballinger he seemed to agree, and I gathered from him that it would not be displeasing to him to have a friendly suit, so04591
1909 Sep 22
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