John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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Martinez, Jan. 16, 1896My dear Mr JohnsonI was just about to write you last night when your letter came with the very information I wanted, I was afraid you were sick in the sleety New York & was fretting about Bowers being on the Land Com. Those firey Volcanic Carbuncles are deadly things & we rejoice that you have come safely through the battle.I felt sure you would find Runcie level & useful on Yosemite & park affairs & I am glad we are to have a National forestry Commission brought forth under such favorable & formidable auspicesWhen you require any expression on forest matters from the Sierra Club let me know, or anything else I can do.As to Yosemite recession nobody opposes it & nobody cares for it enough to act excepting politicians & those interested in roads & franchises---they all offer or would offer active opposition. I cant find a single man in dead earnest for recession. My hope is on your side the country & in the new generation growing here with whom going to the forests every summer is becoming common & all mountaineers you know are our friends.Your "Plain words to Californians" cannot I think fail to do good in any case Yosemite Commissioner Fields is honestly trying to meet our views as to management but his term of office expires soon. We hope the Governor will reappoint himWith best wishes for the new year Mrs Muir joins meEver admiringly yoursJohn Muir10018


Martinez [Calif.]

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