R[ichard] A. Ballinger
the so called Hetch Hetchy scheme. All civilized nations instead of spoiling their parks or diminishing their size or numbers are increasing them & appreciating their usefulness more & more fully as places of rest & recreation & spiritual growth. And if you Mr Secretary should be able to see your way to revoke the destructive Garfield grant & obtain legislation to put an end to all such thief & robber schemes all good citizens & lovers of God's handiwork here & everywhere will rise up & call you Blessed.With sincere respectI am faithfully yoursJohn MuirHon. R. A. BallingerSecretary of the InteriorWashington, D.C.
[1909 Nov 15]
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