T[heodore] P. Lukens
J. P. Lukens, President. William Stanton, Vice Prest. E. E.[illegible]Cashier.[illegible]CAPITAL PAID UP IN GOLD COIN $100.000??[illegible] Jan. 4th. 1897John Muir,Martinez, Cal.My Dear Mr. Muir:-Your letter is at hand. You ask if you can depend upon me being- present at the annual meeting of the Sierra Club, and talk in favor of the recession of the Yosemite grant to the federal Government. I doubt if I can be present at the annual meeting, and if I should be. you know I cannot speak in public . But I believe this is the time to make the effort, as a good many of our Legislators are awake to the necessity of reducing taxation. If the Yosemite is continued in the possession of the State, it will be necessary to have a large appropriation for rebuilding the Stoneman, as well as the usual large amount for the use of the Board . If the entire Yosemite National Parle is owned by the federal Government, it will undoubtedly be managed as well as the Yellowstone National Park has been . Hotel Companies will be formed, and special privileges granted by the Government for that purpose . All roads leading into the Yosemite will be made free without a doubt . The advantage to Californians will be many fold. With the reduction of taxes, and the Park thrown open, a very much larger proportion of the people will be able to visit it at much less expense than at present.02208
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